of ~ ROMARE BEARDEN courtesy of
C.W. Post University the B. Davis Schwartz Library. Artist
and Painter (1914-1988)
Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but his early childhood
was spent in Harlem, New York. His exposure to living in the big city
was later reflected in his artwork. He attended Boston University but
later transferred to New York University and graduated in 1935. Because
of his mother's prominence as a founder of the Negro Women's Democratic
Association, Romare decided to use his talents as a political cartoonist
for the BALTIMORE AFRO-AMERICAN while studying with the ART STUDENTS LEAGUE
a student, he studied under the world renowned George Grosz, painter and
cartoonist. After serving in the U.S. Army, Bearden used his G.I. Bill
to study in Paris, France. He became an acquaintance of Matisse and Miro
and started to study literature, philosophy, and world art. Bearden, upon
his return to the United States, began working as a cartoonist and songwriter.
the 1960's, he became very socially conscious of the status of African-Americans
and the events of the Civil Rights Movement. Romare Bearden took one step
forward and decided to take his need to express his artistic talent by
using the COLLAGE. It is said that "Bearden's revolutionary use of
the COLLAGE led to his recognition as a modern master." His works
appeared in major shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and he
exhibited in galleries throughout Europe, Japan, and the U.S.A. In 1987,
he was awarded the NATIONAL METAL OF ARTS by President Ronald Reagan.
Before he expired in 1988, Romare co-authored with Harry Henderson, A
HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS, FROM 1792 TO THE PRESENT, published
by Pantheon Books, New York (see exhibit case).
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