To own a Bearden, is to own a piece of American history!
Romare Bearden American, 1911 - 1988
The Family subject usually represented by a Mother and child was one of Romare Bearden’s favorites, he rendered different versions throughout his career and I believe this particular one is the most vibrant he created. The colors are amazing, absolutely vibrant!
This serigraph is in MINT condition, ARCHIVAL QUALITY, it has never been framed or exposed to light other than to photograph.
The image measures 18-1/8" X 14 -1/8", the size of the paper is 29- 1/2" X 21- 1/4", it is titled FAMILY in pencil with the artist’s handwriting, it is number: 140 in a very small series of only 180 and is signed in pencil by Romare Bearden.
A reference to this serigraph can be found on Page 116 in "A Graphic Odyssey: Romare Bearden as Printmaker" Edited by Gail Gelburd, Published by the University of Pennsylvania Press
Romare Bearden Is among the preeminent artists of his generation and one of the first African American artists to get recognition in the mainstream world. He remains one of the foremost African American artists of the 20Th century with his works exhibited in Art Galleries’s permanent collections around the world.
Travelling exhibitions of his works are met with overwhelming success, his legacy and contribution to the World of Art is enormous, without even taking into account the impact that it had in opening doors for African American artists to start getting a much deserved recognition.
His powerful works represent the places where he lived and worked: the rural South; northern cities, principally Pittsburgh and New York's Harlem; and later the Caribbean island of St. Martin. Religious subjects and ritual practices, jazz clubs and brothels. History and literature are overlapping themes in his work. Throughout his career Bearden also dabbled in abstraction, usually with musical associations.
The complexity and scope of Bearden's art included collages and Projections- photostats, for which he is best known, watercolors, gouaches, and oils.
Bearden's body of work includes book and poster illustrations, he designed costumes and sets for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and programs, sets, and costumes for Nanette Bearden's Contemporary Dance Theatre. He also completed more than a dozen mural commissions in a variety of media including collage, ceramic tile, and faceted glass.
He was an artist, a writer as well as an eloquent spokesman on artistic and social issues of the day.
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