Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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study for The Great Grandmother
  • Will Barnet
    born: Beverly, Massachusetts, United States ; died: New York, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • study for The Great Grandmother, 1984
  • Where object was made: United States
  • black crayon on heavy paper
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 50.8 x 47.62 cm
    Mat Dimensions: 32 x 24 in
  • The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0037
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"NetWorks: Art and Artists from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection," Mar-2011, Susan Earle, Stephen Goddard, and SMA Interns
Throughout his long career, Will Barnet
continues to emphasize a thoughtful and precise use of line. He has reported that he might produce a hundred drawings in the
preparation of a single painting, and it is clear
that for Barnet, line is the critical element in
defining form: “The drawing has to become a painting; line has to be become mass.” Will Barnet turns 100 this year.