Romare Bearden
The Mystical Carribean

September 19 - October 31, 2009

Romare Bearden spoke of St. Martin, his second home, as a mystical place where the mythology that makes life bearable could still be found. He traveled there to be rejuvenated, to refresh his creative spirit. Whenever Bearden went to St. Martin his painterly eye was active. For him, the Caribbean was a kaleidoscope of colors dancing to the sounds of island life.

Bearden’s work executed in his New York studio is widely known for its elegiac narrative, much of it set within intimate interiors. His Caribbean work, in contrast, is remarkable for its absence of any interior views at all. Among the landscapes, his favorite themes were sunrises, sunsets, storms, fishermen at work, market scenes and tropical flowers and trees.