David Barnett (American, b. 1946)
Homage to Schomer Lichtner Or Is It Matisse, 2004
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Mixed media giclee, watercolor, ink, collage on 100% rag museum foam board, signed and dated lower right
21 x 14 in
‘Homage to Schomer Lichtner Or Is It Matisse’ is an original mixed media collage using watercolor and giclée on museum foam board, signed by the artist in the lower right. The composition centers on a pencil illustration of Wisconsin artist and Barnett’s college mentor Schomer Lichtner as it is engulfed in a sea of watercolor flowers. Speaking of the illustration, Barnett recalls one of Lichtner's in-class exercises. In the exercise, Lichtner instructed his students to pick an object in the room and then to sketch it with their eyes closed. Despite Barnett's claim that he “wasn’t much of a draftsman," he found that closing his eyes allowed him to temper his anxieties and focus solely on the movements of the lines. The eruption of flowers surrounding the illustration adds to the ambiguity in the title, as both Lichtner and Henri Matisse worked with similar floral forms despite not sharing any temporal or geographic proximity. However, in juxtaposing these two artists together, Barnett simultaneously pays homage to two of his artistic inspirations, while also establishing a new artistic counter-tradition that links Matisse to Lichtner. Mixed media watercolor giclée collage on 100% rag museum foam board 21 x 14 inches, artwork 27.625 x 21.5 inches, frame Signed and dated in lower right Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag mounting materials, UF5 Plexiglas to inhibit fading, and housed in a gold finish wood moulding.