The Artist’s Studio, Worcester (Massachusetts), circa 1942
Oil on masonite
From the estate of the artist, estate stamp verso.
The Barnetts’ apartment in downtown Worcester, MA – 19B Elm Street – had one very large room which served as a studio as well as a dining and living area. In this painting, the artist has stepped back to depict – probably as reflected in a mirror – a still life setup with draperies illuminated by a spotlight, an easel, and the artist’s wife Elizabeth at a table in the right background.
There is a play on “cubist vision” in that the still life objects – probably a china gravy boat and a skull – are presented as though they were already cubist objects even before being painted.