The Art of Romare Bearden

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[image] Prelude to Troy (No. 2), c. 1969

Romare Bearden, Prelude to Troy, c. 1969
collagraph on paper
National Gallery of Art, Washington,
Gift of Yvonne and Richard McCracken and Mary and Jerald Melberg
© Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

This image, which Bearden created both in collage and in print, is based on a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York--Lucas Cranach's The Judgment of Paris, c. 1528. The collagraph (colla/collage; graph/print) process grows directly from collage. The printing surface used here was made from layers of cardboard onto which Bearden squeezed a stream of glue from a bottle to create globules that hardened when they dried. They are visible throughout the landscape behind the figures. The surface was then coated with a synthetic to resist the printing ink.

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