As well as Kuniyoshi and Cy Twombly, Barnet influenced Pop artist James Rosenquist, New York artist Knox Martin and American Abstract Expressionist painter Paul Jenkins.

Barnet's work offers the same simplicity in the use of flat surfaces as Alex Katz's. Barnet played a key role in the New York Indian Space Painting movement, which saw artists create abstractions of Native American art.

As well as abstract art, later in his career, Barnet focused on figurative painting, and today is probably best remembered for his portraits of his family from the 1970's, including his Silent Seasons series.

As well as being represented widely in American institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA, in 2011, one year before his passing, Barnet was awarded the 2011 National Medal of Arts by President Obama.

His works Atalanta sold at Sotheby's for $137 000 in May 2014. Search realized prices for Will Barnet here.

Fairfield Auction's sale on March 19-22 will include Barnet's haunting work Idle Hands, which has been widely published and exhibited. Check out the full sale here.