The painting by Mathew Barnes is 20×24 inches oil on canvas mounted on board was painted around 1932 .The Farhat Art Museum houses a collection of four paintings by this artists.
Barnes work is considered very rear to find. like Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847 – 1917) before him, Barnes has worked on his paintings over and over and he used glaze which later gave his work the crackle that one finds on his painting. he is one of the earliest modernest in California if not in the U.S.A. He was part of by the symbolist movement in in the early twentieth century.
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Mathew Barnes was known as a modernist painter who employed surrealistic techniques and themes. His paintings were usually dark scenes with the presence of strange figures.
Born in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1880, Barnes moved to the United States in 1904, settling first in New York then moving to San Francisco, California in 1906. He had been trained as an ornamental plasterer in Scotland and upon his arrival in post-earthquake San Francisco, used his skills to help rebuild the city.
A self-taught painter, Barnes worked on his art while living in San Francisco where he helped Diego Rivera paint the murals in the California School of Fine Art. During the 1920s and 1930s Barnes exhibited his work at the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Lebaudt Gallery in San Francisco. During the space of one year, he lost his wife and suffered a stroke, and in 1951, committed suicide in San Francisco.
Source: Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940