Will Barnet - an American artist known for his paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints depicting the human figure and animals, both in casual scenes of daily life and in transcendent dreamlike worlds - reaches the very respectable age of 101!
Above: Positano, 1960 - oil on canvas (Smithsonian)
“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.” — Smithsonian label text