Romare Bearden, ‘Three Women (Easter Sunday)’, 1979, Kiechel Fine Art

Signature: Signed "Romare Bearden" lower right and inscribed "H.C. 14/25" lower left in pencil.

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

Solo Shows

2017
Santa Fe,
Autumn Acquisitions
2017
2013
New York,
American Collage

Group Shows

2017
Barnett Fine Art, 
New Orleans ,
Painted Ladies
2017
Santa Fe,
Selections of Modern, Postwar and Contemporary Art
2017
New York,
Collage: Made in America
2016
Levis Fine Art, 
New York,
Test Show
2016
Santa Fe,
Summer Selections 2016
2011
New York,
Fragments 1915-2011, Modern and Contemporary Collage
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