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Romare Bearden

The Conversation, 1979

Lithograph in colors, on wove paper, with full margins
21 2/5 × 28 3/10 in
54.3 × 71.8 cm
Edition of 175 + 30AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
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About the work
P
Phillips

Image: 18 x 25 in. (45.7 x 63.5 cm)
Sheet: 21 3/8 x 28 1/4 in. (54.3 x 71.8 cm)
Unframed

Image: 18 x 25 in. (45.7 x 63.5 cm)
Sheet: 21 3/8 x 28 1/4 in. (54.3 x 71.8 cm)
Unframed

Signature
Signed and inscribed 'For Louis' in pencil (the edition was 175 and 30 artist's proofs)
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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About the work
P
Phillips

Image: 18 x 25 in. (45.7 x 63.5 cm)
Sheet: 21 3/8 x 28 1/4 in. (54.3 x 71.8 cm)
Unframed

Image: 18 x 25 in. (45.7 x 63.5 cm)
Sheet: 21 3/8 x 28 1/4 in. (54.3 x 71.8 cm)
Unframed

Signature
Signed and inscribed 'For Louis' in pencil (the edition was 175 and 30 artist's proofs)
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

The Conversation, 1979

Lithograph in colors, on wove paper, with full margins
21 2/5 × 28 3/10 in
54.3 × 71.8 cm
Edition of 175 + 30AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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