Will Barnet (1911-2012) had one of the longest and most distinguished careers in the history of American art. His exceptional body of paintings and drawings, and his original style, are recognized around the world. His work has entered virtually every major museum in the United States including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Abroad he is represented in the collections of The British Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and The Vatican Museum. There have been innumerable critical studies of his works in books, catalogues, and magazine articles.
A devoted printmaker, and with a technical expertise encompassing lithograph, woodcut, serigraph, and intaglio, Barnet treated printmaking as a serious undertaking in its own right. As early as 1934 he became the official printer for the Arts Students League, New York, where he had printed for the Mexican Muralist, Jose Clemente Orozco, taught, and influenced several generations of artists.
Will Barnet was a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lived in Manhattan with his wife Elena who survives him, as well as his sons Peter, Richard, and Todd, and one daughter, Ona, who has modeled for many of his images.