Bearden, Romare

Romare Bearden, was an American artist, author, and songwriter, adept in various media such as cartoons, oils, and collages. Hailing from Charlotte, NC, he later settled in New York City and Pittsburgh, graduating from New York University in 1935. Bearden’s works initially depicted the American South, later evolving to convey humanistic themes after his World War II service. He studied art history and philosophy in Paris, emphasizing unity in the African-American community. Bearden co-founded Spiral, focusing on the role of black artists in civil rights. Recognized as a leading collagist, he authored books and composed music, receiving the National Medal of Arts in 1987.

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