Out Chorus, Rhythm Section
Romare Bearden (American, 1911 – 1988)
DimensionsSheet : 30 x 33 1/2 in. (76.2 x 85.09 cm)
Mat : 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelRomare Bearden was born into a middle-class, African American family in Charlotte, North Carolina. After a childhood split between North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York, Bearden settled down in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, where he joined a dynamic community of African American thinkers, writers, artists and musicians. Although he was employed full time as a social worker from the mid-1930s through the 1960s, Bearden spent many nights and weekends making art, and gradually earned a national reputation for his innovative paintings, drawings and collages. Bearden often drew inspiration for his art from African American religion, literature, music and folk culture. These prints belong to a series Bearden created in the late 1970s to celebrate African American jazz culture. The titles of some prints contain references to famous New York City jazz venues such as Minton’s Playhouse and Birdland, while other titles refer to various jazz styles and instruments.