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The Art of Romare Bearden


The visual narratives and abstractions of this preeminent African American artist explore the places where he lived and worked: the rural South, Pittsburgh, Harlem, and the Caribbean. Bearden's central themes—religion, jazz and blues, history, literature, and the realities of black life—endured throughout his remarkable career in watercolors, oils, and especially collages and photomontages from the 1940s through the 1980s.

The Art of Romare Bearden loan packet includes:

  • an 80-page booklet with related teaching activities
  • a music CD—Romare Bearden Revealed—that features performances by the Branford Marsalis Quartet
  • six color study prints
  • an image CD
  • five overhead transparencies.

This teaching packet is available free of charge for a nine-month loan period, permitting extended use in classroom or library settings.

The Art of Romare Bearden
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