Jennifer Bartlett emerged in the 1970s as one of the leading American artists of her time and one of the first female painters of her generation to be both commercially successful and critically acclaimed. When her monumental painting Rhapsody was first shown in 1976, it was regarded as a tourdeforce postmodern pastiche of the history of modern art. In Rhapsody, Bartlett illustrated her groundbreaking vision, in which all painting styles and forms are equally valid and available for artistic appropriation. Rhapsody became a point of departure for an exceptionally prolific and inventive career. Remaining true to her vision of painting as a never-ending associative construction that always leaves open connections to other ideas, Bartlett continues to experiment, always willing to subvert and unsettle the seeming happiness and simplicity of her imagery and words.