Will Barnet “Cat and Canary” Pencil Signed Lithograph
The little canary is taking no chances, keeping it’s eye on the cat while it sneaks a drink of the cats water.
From a limited edition of 225. Pencil signed, numbered and titled.
Dimensions 18″ x 15 1/2″. The frame (with minor chip – see pics) measures 30 1/2″ x 28 1/4″.
Very good condition.
Will Barnet (American, 1911-2012) , a printmaker and painter known for elegantly stylized portraits and classically composed visions of beautiful women and children. In the prints and paintings that he produced from the mid-1960s on, Mr. Barnet ranged between a simplified form of realism and a poetic, visionary symbolism.
A skilled draftsman, he created exactingly linear, subtly colored portraits of family members and friends. In the enigmatic pictures he began making in the 1970s, he conjured images of women in dark woods or on the porches of seaside houses who appear to be waiting for loved ones like 19th-century sailors’ wives.
Mr. Barnet had his first solo exhibition at the Eighth Street Playhouse in Manhattan in 1935 and, three years later, his first gallery show at the Hudson Walker Gallery, also in Manhattan. That same year he married Mary Sinclair, a painter and fellow student, with whom he had three sons. In 1939 his work was included in “American Art Today” at the New York World’s Fair.