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Positano

1960 Will Barnet Born: Beverly, Massachusetts 1911 Died: New York, New York 2012 oil on canvas 57 x 42 1/4 in. (144.8 x 107.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. 1969.47.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 42A



Luce Center Quote

". . . I'm a great believer in limitations. The better you understand limitations, the greater an artist you can become." Barnet, interview with Jordana Pomeroy, 1990

Luce Center Label

Will Barnet painted Positano in New York based on his memory of a moonlit night along Italy's southern coast. He had created monumental abstract canvases for several years and was about to return to painting human figures. This work hints at the shapes of heads and arms silhouetted against a luminous sky, but the darker forms themselves also suggest the vastness of a pitch-black night. In this way, the two principal areas of color shift back and forth from solid forms to empty spaces.

Keywords

Abstract - geometric

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Will Barnet

Born: Beverly, Massachusetts 1911 Died: New York, New York 2012

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