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The Doorway, 1998
Will Barnet

12-color lithograph, with gold and silver silkscreen, signed edition of 150

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$1,000 Non-Member

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The focal point of The Doorway is a tranquil image of a pensive woman standing before a gently lit interior, looking through the window of an elegant door. Stained glass panels of silver and gold surround the gray-blue Victorian doorway. A barely visible signature Barnet cat lies asleep on the doorstep. Clearly identifiable as a Will Barnet work by its flat planes of subtle color punctuated by strong linear elements, compressed space, and deceptively simple composition, The Doorway is a personal favorite of the artist.

Born in 1911 in Beverly, Massachusetts, Mr. Barnet has had a long and distinguished career as a painter, printmaker, and draftsman, and has earned the reputation of being a master at balancing the formal characteristics of abstraction with the familiar representation of the human figure. Above all, he is a humanist, infusing his work with a poetic and serene sense of people, animals, and places.

His award-winning work has been exhibited in the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Mr. Barnet has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medal of Honor presented by the National Arts Club. His work is represented in many private and public collections, including The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Special information: 12-color lithograph, with gold and silver silkscreen on Arches 100% acid-free paper. Numbered and signed edition of 150. Sold unframed. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Smithsonian.

Image Dimensions: 34 x 18 inches

Paper Dimensions: 39 x 23 inches

Produced by: JK Fine Art Editions