Romare Bearden was born in 1911 in Charlotte, North Carolina and died
in 1988. Considered the finest collagist of our time, his works of genius
can be found in the permanent collections of museums throughout the
country. While still in his youth, his family migrated north in order to
escape the racist Jim Crow laws that kept African-Americans from the
historic promise of life, liberty and happiness.
The Beardens moved to New York during the height of the Harlem
Renaissance. His memories of Charlotte, New York, as well a times spent in
Pittsburgh, form the backdrop of images of trains moving north, rural
customs of Black America, landscapes and jazz that are composed in a
kaleidoscope of paper collage and prints. Bearden frequently transformed
biblical events, as well as customs of other ancient cultures, into the
modern Black ethos.