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Bearden, Romare (Prevalence of Ritual Portfolio, 5)



Bearden, Romare (Prevalence of Ritual Portfolio, 5)
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ROMARE BEARDEN (1914-1988)

(5 screenprints ) From the Prevalence of Ritual Portfolio

1. In the Garden ----- FRAMED 

2. Salome with the Head of John the Baptist --- unframed  

3. Delilah------unframed  

4. Prologue to Troy, Before Troy ------ unframed

5. Noah, The Third Day, Noah's ARK ---- unframed  

36 X 29.9 inches screenprints signed & numbered  edition of 100, (1974) 

*For serious inquiries, please call. Items of the portfolio will not be for sale individually. Retail listing includes all five art pieces plus in addition to shipping and handling cost.


One of Romare Bearden's most famous series, Prevalence of Ritual, concentrated mostly on southern African-American life. He used these collages to show his rejection of the Harmon Foundation’s (a New York City arts organization) emphasis on the idea that African Americans must reproduce their culture in their art. Bearden found this to be a burden on African artists, because he saw this idea creating an emphasis on reproducing something that already exists in the world. He used this new series to speak out against this limitation on Black artists, and to emphasize modern art.


ROMARE BEARDEN (1914-1988) was born on September 2, 1911, to (Richard) Howard and Bessye Bearden in Charlotte, North Carolina, and died in New York City on March 12, 1988, at the age of 76. His life and art are marked by exceptional talent, encompassing a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, including music, performing arts, history, literature and world art. Bearden was also a celebrated humanist, as demonstrated by his lifelong support of young, emerging artists.



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