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Romare Bearden
Born 1911 in Charlotte, NC
Died 1988 in New York, NY
Family, 1971
paint, photographs, paper, fabric,
collage on paper mounted on board
22 1/2 x 25 3/4 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust
1999.13
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Bearden began working in collage, his signature technique, in the mid-1960s using paint, cloth scraps, colored paper, and magazine photographs. His principal subject matter was the everyday life of people of color, creating a vibrant affirmation of the black experience—his experience—growing up in the South, in Pittsburgh, and in Harlem. Bearden painted the background of this image gray, creating a harmony between the black and white tonalities of the photographs and the painted portions of the image.