Herbert Barnett
American (1910-1972)
The Artist’s Studio, Worcester (Massachusetts), circa 1942
Oil on masonite
20×16 IN.

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.

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