This image is presented as a "thumbnail" because it is protected by copyright. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts respects the rights of artists who retain the copyright to their work. Title:PathArtist:Jennifer Bartlett Date:1998-1999Creation Place:North America, United StatesCredit Line:Gift of Donna and Cargill MacMillan Jr.Accession Number:2010.58.3a-y
Jennifer Bartlett was born in 1941 in Long Beach, California, and studied at Mills College in California.
Bartlett’s use of dots, brushstrokes, and vivid color connects her work to that of Post-Impressionists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Georges Seurat, whom she acknowledged as influential to her work. Her systematic use of grids aligns her work with that of Close who used them to reveal his process of creating realist illusion. Bartlett employed the grid format to structure her paintings while allowing for playful flexibility. She is an important contributor to 20th century art due to her innovative use of baked enamel on steel plates.
Path is a classic example of Bartlett’s mature style and innovative use of baked enamel on steel. Instead of the lush and idyllic gardens of these historical images, however, Bartlett portrays the small box-like houses of a contemporary suburb, sub-divided by the eponymous path of the painting’s title. Partly tongue-in-cheek critique and partly celebratory, it connects the eminent history of landscape painting with a contemporary, updated image of the minimal suburban landscape. Analytical and lyrical, this work also reflects the artist’s transformation of the prevailing Minimalist aesthetic of the 1960s into something distinctly her own.