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Romare Bearden

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1911, Romare Bearden, by the time of his death in 1988, had achieved a stature known by few artists during their lifetimes. He was, and still is, considered America's greatest collagist and was thus honored by receiving the National Medal of Arts in 1987 from then President Reagan. The artist's works are in the permanent collections of most every major American Museum including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrospectives of Bearden's art have been organized by the Museum of Modern Art, the Mint Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Council for Creative Projects.

Throughout his life, Bearden depicted many rituals and social customs of twentieth century rural Black America. The images of spiritual ceremonies, baptisms and burial, industrial hardships, musical arrangements and daily life have become the themes that critics and collectors most frequently associate with his work. Visually and emotionally stimulating, Romare Bearden's collages and prints are beautiful to behold and fantastic to contemplate.

                                              Jerald Melberg Gallery is currently compiling the Romare Bearden Print Catalogue Raisonné

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 Unique Works

Calypso's Sacred Grove
c. 1977
Watercolor & Graphite on Paper
6 x 7 5/8 inches
  Near Shelby Road 1986
Watercolor on Paper
10 x 14 inches
From Paradise Mountain 1984
Watercolor on paper
10 x 14 1/4 inches

Siren's Song c. 1977
Watercolor & Graphite on Paper
6 1/8 x 8 3/8 inches


The Gorge c. 1956
Watercolor on Paper
26 x 20 1/4 inches

In the Forest
Watercolor on Paper
28 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches

Ulysses c. 1940s
Ink & Watercolor on Paper

19 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches


Untitled (Landscape)
Watercolor on Paper

8 x 10 7/8 inches


Graphic Works 


12 Trains-Daybreak Express
Hand Colored Etching

17 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches


12 Trains-Seaboard Limited
Hand Colored Etching

17 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches


The Baptism 1975            

32 x 45 inches

The Family 1975            
Etching 1/1

21 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches 


Pilate 1979

22 x 15 1/8 inches 

  The Lamp 1984                        
Lithograph with Foil Stamping

23 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches   

Morning 1979                        

19 1/4 x 25 inches  

  Recollection Pool c. 1976                        
Offset Lithograph

10 x 13 3/4 inches