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Romare Bearden

Island Plum Tree, ca. 1977

Watercolor on paper
18 × 18 1/2 in
45.7 × 47 cm
$19,000
location
Santa Fe
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Aaron Payne Fine Art
Santa Fe
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This work was created during the period Bearden owned a home in St. Martin, French West Indies, …

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This work was created during the period Bearden owned a home in St. Martin, French West Indies, with his wife, Nanette. Nanette Bearden was born in St. Martin. Bearden often painted on St. Martin as well as on Martinique and other nearby islands.

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Signed lower right: Romare Bearden; titled verso
Romare Bearden
American, 1911–1988
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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.

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Aaron Payne Fine Art
Santa Fe
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This work was created during the period Bearden owned a home in St. Martin, French West Indies, …

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This work was created during the period Bearden owned a home in St. Martin, French West Indies, with his wife, Nanette. Nanette Bearden was born in St. Martin. Bearden often painted on St. Martin as well as on Martinique and other nearby islands.

Signature
Signed lower right: Romare Bearden; titled verso
Romare Bearden
American, 1911–1988
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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

Island Plum Tree, ca. 1977

Watercolor on paper
18 × 18 1/2 in
45.7 × 47 cm
$19,000
location
Santa Fe
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