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Meet the Masters

Grade Three

ARTIST: PRINT:

BEARDEN, ROMARE

SUMMERTIME SHANOK COLLECTION NEW YORK

(1912-1988)

20th Century American Date: 1967 Size: 56” x 44” Medium: Collage on Paper and Synthetic Polymer paint, on Composition Board

ARTIST - Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and grew up in New York and Pittsburgh. He was educated at New York University, the Art Students' League and the Sorbonne in Paris. His art is the blending of his two passions - telling about the Black culture and giving his viewpoint using new and challenging art forms. Black artists who ignored their own feelings, circumstances and heritage in their work disturbed him. He wrote, "I am trying to find out what there is in me that is common to, or touches, other men." He explored many techniques to achieve his goals. At one point he limited his palette to black and white. Later he stopped painting realistically to study structure and form. He explored Cubism and Surrealism and the medium of collage. His success as an American artist is supported by the many honors and awards he has received, including five honorary Doctorates. He died from bone cancer.

PRINT - Summertime is done in a technique known as collage. The word collage comes from the French word 'coller' which means to glue or to paste. Bearden uses pieces of paper, photographs, cloth and other materials combined with painting to achieve his final work. In this collage, Bearden combines several images to show his feelings and experiences in the city during the summer. Figures and objects are treated as flat geometric shapes - taken apart and reassembled in the Cubist style. Notice the open windows with Black faces behind them and the two figures in the street area in the foreground. These images combined with the textures and patterns of the city add to the strong feeling of this work.

PORTFOLIO D PAIRED WITH:

MONET BEACH AT TROUVILLE

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