Asian Conical Hat

 

Bartlett had a few models wear this hat for studies for the painting, but was not satisfied until a well-known American wood worker’s daughter, Mira Nakashima, was introduced to the artist and wore it. After finding the right figures for this painting Bartlett had two models wear robes on the Delaware River, near the artist’s Philadelphia studio, at the same exact time the Enola Gay dropped the “Little Boy” atomic bomb on Hiroshima – 8:16 am. He created a graphite study, in addition to many other studies, and then reworked the figures to the position they are seen in the painting created during his PEW Fellowship awarded in 1994.