Bicentennial Banners

02Will_Barnett WILL BARNET


Will Barnet’s banner is very much a statement about America today. As the woman dominates the American scene, so does the young woman in the banner. The golden wheat field is abundance, a vision of an American that feeds the world. The bluebird, in the American colors, is a hope for happiness and peace. The banner is representative of the artist’s figurative works. His paintings, familiar to museum and gallery viewers since the thirties, hang in every major museum in New York City, and at museums in Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Honolulu and Washington, D.C. In 1975 alone, his paintings were exhibited in seven shows, including the Whitney Museum in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, and a one-man show at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kansas.

Barnet was born in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1911, and studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and at the Art Students League in New York.

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