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Painting By Herbert Barnett: Hens In Sunlight At Childs Gallery

Herbert Barnett

American (1910-1972)

Hens in Sunlight, 1947
Oil on canvasboard

Signed lower right: ‘Barnett’. From the estate of the artist.

Hens in Sunlight, Hens No. 1, and Hens No. 2 all crowd a rather narrow view into a chicken coop with intense color and complex movement. In some, the impasto is almost perilously thick. The contrast of shadows and bright sunlight on the hens, as well as their complex arrangement, reflect Barnett’s interest in Rouault and Soutine.

Signature: Signed lower right