Romare Bearden, ‘Tenor Sermon’, 1979, Bill Hodges Gallery

Series: Jazz

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil lower left: Romare Bearden 10/175. published by London Arts, Inc., Detroit, all unframed.

Gail Gelburd and Alex Rosenberg 22-28

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

Group Shows

2017
Barnett Fine Art, 
New Orleans ,
Painted Ladies
2016
Levis Fine Art, 
New York,
Test Show
2011
New York,
Fragments 1915-2011, Modern and Contemporary Collage
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