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Oral history interview with Romare Bearden, 1980 July 31

Oral history interview with Romare Bearden, 1980 July 31

Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988

Art historian, Painter, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes

Transcript: 45 p.

Summary: An interview of Romare Bearden conducted 1980 July 31 by Avis Berman in Berman's studio, Long Island City, N.Y.

Bearden discusses his mural commissions; his youth; his time in Paris; working out of the blues tradition; the influence of the South; and changes in his work. He recalls Constantin Brancusi, Jacob Lawrence, Henri Matisse, Duke Ellington, Stuart Davis, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

African-American painter; New York, N.Y.; b. 1911; d. 1988.

Provenance

Donated 1981 by Avis Berman.

How to Cite This Collection

Oral history interview with Romare Bearden, 1980 July 31. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.