Studies for La Salle's Triptych: Exodus- Central figures at top of hill
38 3/8 x 28 3/8 in. (97.5 x 72.1 cm)
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Gift of the Artist
Label from American Originals: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, La Salle University Art Museum, December 16, 2015 through March 4, 2016:
Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Bo Bartlett studied at PAFA where he learned Realist principles to help shape his Modernist style. After time spent traveling in Europe he was included in Philadelphia Magazine’s “81 People to Watch.” Five years later he was proclaimed Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Artist in Philly.
This drawing of Central Figures at the Top of Hill was a study for a series of large paintings in Olney Hall’s main entrance. This triptych, entitled Exodus, features some of La Salle University’s faculty and students, such as Brother Francis McCormick and Dr. Joseph Kane. The two central figures represented in this drawing are close personal friends of the artist. In April of 1989, Bartlett gathered his subjects at Belfield Farm to take photographs for this composition. Bartlett’s ideas for his paintings typically arise from recurring dreams which he usually works out in sketches. The idea behind Exodus is that humans are set free from ignorance through the enlightenment of education, and the hope of renewal with an understanding of faith.