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Romare Bearden: His Life and Art Hardcover – September 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (September 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810931087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810931084
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By david mattingly on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fantastic source of information, both written and visual, on one of our country's most underrated and neglected artists. Romare Bearden's career spanned over 50 years and his oeuvre encompasses many styles. If ever there was a "Renaissance" man of American art, this artist deserves the title. The book provides more than adequate information on his early years, family background, influences, and also brings to light the fantastic education Bearden procured for himself by studying with some of the most important artists of his time, Grosz, for example. A fantastic primer for someone looking to get a well-rounded glimpse of a true genius.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Alston on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is perhaps the best place to get acquainted with the work of Romare Bearden - one of the key American artistic figures of the 20th century (and unfortunately obscure, relative to more famous figures like Jackson Pollock or Andy Warhol).

Bearden was from Charlotte and grew up in New York City, with a college stint in Greensboro - upon his return to NYC, he began to fashion (alongside several other figures) a career as an artist. The then-emergent Harlem renaissance exerted a strong influence, and Bearden's work reflected the everyday in Harlem between the wars, modified with the strong influence of modernism.

Bearden remained a somewhat obscure figure until much later - the 1960s - when his then-recent shift to collage (digesting modernist and especially cubist influences) attracted substantial attention. This hefty book offers a great look at all phases of Bearden's career, and the visual extravagance of this compendium is of extraordinary value. The accompanying biography is a touch pedestrian - it offers all the pertinient biographical detail, but comes up a little short on context.

Still, mostly a great introduction to an artist worth getting to know.

-David Alston
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By Ken Tesoriere on September 24, 2011
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Very responsive to questions, and the product arrived quickly and in perfect shape as I was told it would be.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shalizeh on March 13, 2002
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I am a great admirer of Romare Bearden and when I bought this book I wanted to learn more about him and his art. This book has great pictures but not quite the amount of information I was looking for. I wanted to learn more about Romare's life and the book focus on an interview with Romare Bearden and a brief overview of his life. I believe the author was thinking on the saying that "pictures say a thousand words."
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