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WILL BARNET (1911-2012)
Swing Shift. Etching and aquatint. 250x273 mm; 9 7/8x10 3/4 inches, full margins. Edition of 30. Signed and titled in pencil, lower margin. Printed and published by the artist, New York. 1937.
A superb, richly-inked impression of this early etching. Szoke 41.
Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Barnet attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 1928-30. He later won a 3-year scholarship to the Art Students League, New York, where he focused on printmaking. Throughout his career, he mastered a variety of techniques, including etching, woodcut and lithography. An extremely dynamic artist, Barnet changed his style significantly throughout his career. His earliest graphic works captured the social and economic despair which resulted from the Great Depression; during these years he also worked for the WPA, producing prints for the graphics arts division.