The Art of Romare Bearden

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[image] Palm Sunday Procession, 1967-1968

Romare Bearden, Palm Sunday Procession, 1967-1968
collage of various papers with paint on fiberboard
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Gift of Jane and Raphael Bernstein
© Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

Although Bearden was not a committed church-goer as an adult, religious rituals including baptisms, burials, and processions play an important role in his understanding of his cultural identity and appear frequently in his art. The large expanses of flat color papers seen here offer one extreme in Bearden's use of the collage method.

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