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    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

    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.

    More information about Romare Howard Bearden, also known as Bearden, Romare Howard, Bearden, Romare, Bearden, Rommie, Bearden, Romy, Romare Howard Bearden.

    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
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2018
    24th Thursday
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