Romare Bearden, ‘Before Troy’, ca. 1974, Bill Hodges Gallery

Alternately titled "Prelude to Troy" and "Prologue to Troy, No. 2", Reverse State. Gelburd/Rosenberg GG#36.

Signature: Signed, titled, and dedicated "For Marge and Leon" in pencil, lower margin

Publisher: Robert Blackburn, The Printmaking Workshop

Another impression was exhibited in The Art of Romare Bearden, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, September 14, 2003 - January 4, 2004.

Another impression also exhibited From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, California, May 6, 2011 - July 3, 2011

Printed by Mohammad Khalil, M.O.K. Studio, New York. Published by Robert Blackburn, The Printmaking Workshop, New York.

About Romare Bearden

A pioneer of African-American art and celebrated collagist, Romare Bearden seamlessly blended images of African-American life in the urban and rural South with references to popular culture, religion, and Classical art and myth. He depicted jazz musicians, monumental subjects, nudes, or mythological characters set against abstract, fragmented backgrounds. Each of his collages integrated images painted in gouache, watercolors, oil paints, which he would then fix to paper or canvas. Bearden sought to give the African-American experience a universal, monumental, and Classical representation: he would often recast Classical events with African-American subjects, as in The Return of Odysseus (Homage to Pintoricchio and Benin) (1977). By rendering Odysseus, Penelope, and Telemachus as African-Americans, Bearden drew the political injustices of his time into a universal, allegorical context.

American, 1911-1988, Charlotte, North Carolina, based in New York, New York