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Narratives of African American Art and Identity

Romare Bearden

Morning, 1975

Collage on paper

13.5" x 17.5"


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Morning

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Romare Bearden is considered America's premier collagist, and, in terms of mainstream recognition, the most noted African American artist of the twentieth century. Bearden's long and distinguished career, beginning in the early 1940s, led him from social realism through semi-abstraction to non-representation. When he turned to collage as his primary medium in 1963, he found a language that was innovative and that eloquently served his desire to represent black American culture. Morning demonstrates Bearden's interest in black genre and is a testament not only to his own memory of family but to the collective memory of African American family life. The rocking chair and potbellied stove lend an air of Americana and squarely locate the black family within the realm of traditional domesticity.   A. L. C.

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