Artist Birthdays September 2 – ROMARE BEARDEN

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ROMARE BEARDEN (September 2, 1911 – March 12, 1988)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting, collage
  • Art Movement: Harlem Renaissance
  • ARTiFact: He loved cats – among his pets were Tuttle (short for the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen), Rusty (named after the Persian Hercules Rustum), Mikie (short for the Renaissance artist Michelangelo), and Gypo.
  • Artist Quote: “Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Patchwork Quilt, 1970.

Romare Bearden. Patchwork Quilt. 1970.

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  • David Halliday

    I am a huge fan of Mr. Bearden. I’ve been working on some ideas for jazz illustrations but everything pales in comparison to his collages on the street scenes and people of his time.

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