Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Will Barnet
1911 - 2012
Acquisition Number: 992.1
Medium: Drawing on paper
Size: 36 1/4" x 23"
Date: 1989

Credit: Gift of the artist

Will Barnet was born in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1911. He studied and later taught at both the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Students League. Several years ago Will Barnet saw his wife standing alone on the porch of a summer house in Maine. It was dusk, and her figure was silhouetted against the sea. It was a moment to remember and over the years the artist has painted many variations on this theme. His work over the past decade has dealt with the basic concepts of form, space and solitary women. He has also admired the poetry of Emily Dickinson, which so sensitively yet directly spoke of solitude, a woman, and nature. Barnet has always been firmly rooted in the American painting tradition where hints of loneliness, as well as vastness of space, have often been acknowledged by scholars to be underlying themes in American Art. “Painting is almost like a religious experience, which should go on and on. Age just gives you the freedom to do some things you’ve never done before. Great work can come at any stage of your life.” –Barnet Barnet’s career continued for 80 years.