Two “Inspiration” posts in a row?! There really must be something in the air…
Today’s inspiration comes from artist Romare Bearden. Recently, I was shown Bearden’s work in my Literature class. I was floored by his diverse range of work & use of the collage style.
Romare Bearden is considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. He worked mainly in modern art, specifically the cubist style with a heavy influence from music & literature (hence why he showed up in class). His work focused on the meaning of community & the African American oral tradition.
I’m really drawn to Bearden’s use of shape. Usually I find modern art a little too abstract & end up appreciating the style based on pure aesthetics alone.
With Bearden’s work, however, I feel that I’m actually able to understand the message & influence of his pieces.
Art, literature, music… I’m feeling so cultured! If you’re interested in learning more about Bearden & his work, check out the Romare Bearden Foundation. Happy art-ing!