Romare Bearden, Profile Part II, The Thirties: Artist with Painting
and Model, 1981
Both Profile series were exhibited with narratives written in collaboration with Bearden’s friend Albert Murray. This is Bearden's only known self-portrait, and the text accompanying it identified the nude as Licia, who came to Bearden's studio above the Apollo Theater every Friday. A paintbrush in the artist's hand suggests his primary tool during the period portrayed. When the collage was made, however, scissors had supplanted brush in importance to Bearden's work; gray paper across the chair suggests this passage of time. Revealing Bearden's pictorial interests are a reproduction of a painting by Duccio (Sienese, c. 1255-1318) on the wall and an African mask on the drawing in the foreground.