Barnes was a member of the Pennsylvania Impressionist School, and his landscapes often depict quintessential Bucks County scenes. And yet, his vibrant, almost Fauvist color palette, and expressive mark-making clearly reveals the influence of Modernism. The resulting works are remarkable: at close inspection, the images dissolve into a myriad of colorful, tiny marks, yet from a few feet, the eye blends these colors into the familiar forms of the rural Pennsylvania landscape.
This painting is proof of our oft-stated premise that one can find wonderful art without breaking the bank. Although Barnes is not a household name, he was a Cresson Award winning alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy and a highly regarded artist of the time. This pastel is in perfect condition and in a very fine period frame.