Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Romare Howard Bearden (1911-1988)
    Untitled, circa 1947-48
    Ink and watercolor on paper
    24-1/2 x 18-3/8 inches (62.2 x 46.7 cm) (sheet)
    Signed lower right: Bearden

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Collection of Dr. Al Murray, gift from the above;
    Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, acquired from the above in 2011 (label verso);
    Private collection, Connecticut, purchased from the above in 2014.

    Celebrated for his collage works, Romare Bearden was a pioneer of African-American art. Influenced by high modernists such as Henri Matisse and Georges Braque, Bearden incorporated many of his personal experiences into his artwork juxtaposed by allegorical scenes of classical art and myth. Created soon after his return to New York from being drafted into the US Armed Services, this work alludes to the artist's desire for a fantastical reality and the underlying necessity of trusting one's own vision amongst many peers. The incorporation of watercolor into Bearden's work became an important part of his oeuvre, allowing him to reference the expressionist masters whom he studied with. While Abstract Expressionism was the popular movement of the time, Bearden seamlessly and proudly blended his experiences as an African-American man with a style able to appeal to the masses.




    Condition Report*: Tabbed to board; minor toning, most notably along the edges; one small loss to the upper left edge, not affecting the image; one approximate 1/2 inch crease extending from center left edge; not examined out of the frame; framed under acrylic. Framed Dimensions 34 X 28.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2018
    24th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,221

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 November 22 Ethnographic Art American Indian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal Art Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    My sincere thanks and appreciation for the professionalism in handling, promoting, and selling my painting.
    David H.,
    Dallas, TX
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,441,296
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $6,712,638
    2014 November 14 American Indian Art , Pre-Columbian, & Tribal Art Signature Auction
    2014 Nov 14 American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction
    REALIZED $441,524
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $5,683,719
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    REALIZED $439,980
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $624,835
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    REALIZED $824,108
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,089,341
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    REALIZED $1,725,292
    2019 April 23 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 April 23 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,477,033