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Twentieth Century Sets and Series

The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Jennifer Bartlett
(American, b. 1941)
The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
1992
Softground etching and aquatint
(97.19.1-4)

Sets and series form an important part of our artistic legacy. Photographs in this exhibition included images from the portfolio of Dr. Erich Salomon, a pioneer of photojournalism and early master of the candid indoor shot. Salomon captured the political and social scene of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Frank M. Mayfield, president of Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney, Inc., launched a project in 1946 to portray the natural beauties, industrial activities and cultural characteristics of Missouri. This exhibition presented a selection of paintings from this collection given to MU in 1950. Elements: Air, Water, Fire, Earth by Jennifer Bartlett was originally conceived as a set of four backdrops for a dance production in London. After completing the designs in paint, Bartlett began creating a series of pastel drawings, and then turned to prints and objects.

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