If you studied ROMARE BEARDEN’S work you would discover:
- He was heavily influenced by 17th century Dutch masters, fauvism and cubism.
- His favorite artists included Rembrandt, Matisse, Braque and Picasso.
- He was a master of abstraction collage and often worked with a surrealistic blend of artistic styles.
Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know any of this because I didn’t either. And for me, often times, the artist’s back story is the most interesting part. I want to know:
- Who influenced Romare?
- Why did he decide to paint in the first place?
- When he did paint, what determined his subject matter?
There’s social, political and historical meaning in African American art and Romare was a master at storytelling. His abstract collages and photo montages captured life in the South as well as in the inner cities. If you study Romare’s work closely you’ll see the influence of the great masters I mentioned earlier too.
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