Romare Bearden (American, 1911 – 1988)
DimensionsSheet : 23 7/8 x 35 3/4 in. (60.64 x 90.81 cm)
Mat : 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelRomare Bearden was born into a solidly 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. This print belongs to a series Bearden created in the late 1970s to celebrate African American jazz culture.