“The crux of my art is that I believe in theory and aesthetics as the base for any artist’s development. To me no artist can develop without theory… Theory and ideas are absolutely essential, and you need culture. It is nice to be emotional and I think I am emotional enough as it is, but you need control and a depth of experience in what painting is all about… I think only by studying the past will you know what today should be like. That’s my belief anyway.”- Will Barnet
Quote from: Oral history interview with Will Barnet, 1968 January 15, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. LINK.