The Art of Romare Bearden

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[image] The Visitation, 1941

Romare Bearden, The Visitation, 1941
gouache with ink and graphite on brown paper
Estate of Romare Bearden, courtesy of Romare Bearden Foundation, New York
© Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

This image of two women may be understood both as a genre scene and a religious one. Its use in 1964 as the basis for Prevalence of Ritual: Tidings suggests the latter. The importance of this image to Bearden is evident by its placement on the easel in his 1981 work Profile/Part II, The Thirties: The Artist with Painting and Model.

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