The Art of Romare Bearden

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[image] Now The Dove and the Leopard Wrestle, 1946

Romare Bearden, Now the Dove and the Leopard Wrestle, 1946
oil on canvas
Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
© Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

Echoing the combined use of figuration and abstraction that Bearden admired in the work of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, this oil is from a series of watercolors and related oils entitled Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejías. They are based on the 1935 poem of that title by another Spaniard, Federico García Lorca; the title of this oil painting is a line from that poem.

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