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Romare Bearden Type: Collage of various papers with paint and surface abrasion on fiberboard
Dimensions: 17 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches
Frame Dimensions: 29 x 18 ½ inches
Signature: Signed lower left "Romare Beardon"; 1972
Untitled (Girl in Pond)

About the artist
Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 22, 1914, and died in 1988 in New York City, where he maintained a studio for most of his career. His parents moved to New York when Bearden was two years old, and he spent most of his childhood summers in and around Charlotte. Bearden received a B.S. degree from New York University and studied at the Art Students League of New York under George Grosz (1937-38), and at the Sorbonne in Paris (1950-51). Bearden was a leading figure among black artists active in New York during what is now known as the Harlem Renaissance period for art, music and literature. The collage technique of assembling photographs, pieces of colored paper, and other materials, then unifying them on a surface with painting and drawing, is one that Bearden used from 1963 until his death.

He developed his collage style in response to the rhythms and spontaneity of musical forms surrounding him in Harlem. A musician and songwriter as well as an artist, Bearden referred his works to the jazz forms so popular in Paris and New York during the early and middle years of this century.

Bearden’s work has been established in most major institutions featuring 20th century American art. His work is in such prestigious permanent collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Art, High Museum of Art and Akron Art Institute. Bearden was elected a member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters in 1966, a tribute to his contributions to American art and music. In 1971, Bearden was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Met, which traveled to other museums around the United States. The Mint Museum of Art honored Bearden with a ten-year retrospective in 1980.

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