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Jennifer Bartlett

Study for Swimmers Atlanta: Flare
watercolor, enamel, pen and ink, and pencil
20 1/16 x 19 15/16 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program

The sweeping arc of a yellow flare represents a momentary crisis in the implied narrative of a swimmer's imaginary voyage. Dark, intense reds and the agitated surface suggest danger, while the placid, bright colors and more regular brush strokes of the grid imply control.