Will Barnet, commercial birthday card with drawing (portrait of Herb and Dorothy) signed "W.B." and inscribed "In our judgement you're the best" and "with love Will and Elena," dated August 16, 1996 (inside)

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection of Artist Postcards, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Gallery Archives

Will Barnet

American, 1911–2012

Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Will Barnet studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, before moving to New York, where he continued his studies at the Art Students League. In 1936, he became the League’s Master printer, and five years later, he became an instructor there. Barnet continued to teach at the League until the 1980s and held other teaching positions at Yale University, the New School for Social Research, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His first solo exhibition was in 1935 at the 8th Street Playhouse in New York, with shows and retrospectives following throughout his career. Barnet has known the Vogels since at the least the late 1970s, as there are several drawings of the couple dating from 1977.

Delaware Art Museum, January 2010
All works by Will Barnet
Cats and Turtles, Portraits of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, To Have It About You: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

McGrady, Patrick J. Will Barnet: Painting without Illusion. University Park, PA: Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003.

Will Barnet: Etchings, Lithographs, Woodcuts, Serigraphs, 1932-1972. New York: Associated American Artists Gallery, 1972.

Will Barnet: The Nineties. New York: Alexandre Gallery, 2002.

Will Barnet: Prints, 1932-1964. Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Museum, 1965.

Wolfe, Townsend. Will Barnet drawings, 1930-1990. Little Rock, AR: Arkansas Arts Center, 1991.