Romare Bearden: Celebrating the Victory

Romare Bearden: Celebrating the Victory

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by Myron Schwartzman
     
 
The collage artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) believed that art had a greater function than just to be admired. Bearden's distinctive collage style combined cut and pasted paper, scraps of photographs, pieces of burlap, wallpaper, and paint, glued together to make a work mean more than just the sum of its parts. He drew on influences such as the cubism of Picasso,

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The collage artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) believed that art had a greater function than just to be admired. Bearden's distinctive collage style combined cut and pasted paper, scraps of photographs, pieces of burlap, wallpaper, and paint, glued together to make a work mean more than just the sum of its parts. He drew on influences such as the cubism of Picasso, Braque, and Davis, the cut-out style of Matisse, and even Chinese landscape painting.

Author Myron Schwartzman traces the fascinating life of this African-American artist. In Harlem, his studio was in the heart of one of America's most vibrant artistic communities. He crossed paths with artists, composers, and prominent jazz and blues musicians, who became his friends and muses.

In this deeply personal biography, Myron Schwartzman has drawn on his own conversations with the artist to help us understand how Bearden was able to translate his experiences as a twentieth-century African-American into a body of truly victorious art.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
Romare Bearden is considered by many to have been the Dean of African American artists. His unique collages can be seen in public buildings and museums across the United States. This biography follows Bearden from his early days in Charlotte, North Carolina to his later years in Pittsburgh and New York City. His mixed-media collages, for which he became famous, drew on his memories and experience as a child and young man. He was influenced by Pablo Picasso, particularly by Picasso's Cubist principles. The author also shows how listening to jazz music helped Bearden to understand the use of space in music, and he incorporated this understanding onto the canvas. There are family photographs included, as well as two sections of color reproductions of Bearden's works. Unfortunately, it is impossible to identify paper, wood, and other materials that the artist utilized in his collages, so the prints do little justice to the actual pieces. A chronology highlights the major events in the artist's life (Romare Bearden died in 1988).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613295048
Publisher:
San Val
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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