Romare Bearden (American, 1911-1988) was one of America’s most well known Modernist artists. Pictures of America presents his colorful and complex art that synthesized multiple processes. His life experiences in rural Mecklenburg county, North Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Harlem in Manhattan, New York City were instrumental in developing imagery in his work. Bearden’s art celebrated and shared stories relevant to African Americans, which he integrated into the greater American Modernism art movement.
Romare Bearden, The Train.