Romare Bearden, ‘Figure with Bird’, ca. 1946, RoGallery
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

Romare Bearden

Figure with Bird, ca. 1946

Watercolor
26 × 20 in
66 × 50.8 cm
This is a unique work.
Contact For Price
Location
Long Island City
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
RoGallery
Long Island City

Artist: Romare Bearden, American (1911 - 1988)
Title: Figure with Bird
Date: Circa 1946
Medium: …

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, signed lower left
Certificate of authenticity
Not included
Frame
Included
Romare Bearden
American, 1911–1988
Follow

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.

Romare Bearden, ‘Figure with Bird’, ca. 1946, RoGallery
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
RoGallery
Long Island City

Artist: Romare Bearden, American (1911 - 1988)
Title: Figure with Bird
Date: Circa 1946
Medium: Watercolor on paper, signed lower left
Paper Size: 26 x 20 inches
Frame Size: 38 x 31.5 inches

An early watercolor by Romare Bearden, created it the late 1940's, possibly as a study for an oil painting.

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, signed lower left
Certificate of authenticity
Not included
Frame
Included
Romare Bearden
American, 1911–1988
Follow

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.

Romare Bearden

Figure with Bird, ca. 1946

Watercolor
26 × 20 in
66 × 50.8 cm
This is a unique work.
Contact For Price
Location
Long Island City
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works from Curated Collection: Modern & Contemporary Art Auction
Other works by Romare Bearden
Related works
Most Similar