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Southern Courtyard

Romare Bearden

Contemporary Art

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1911, Romare Bearden moved with his family to New York City in 1915, where in the 1930s he attended New York University, studied art with George Grosz at the Art Students League, and joined artists' groups associated with the Harlem Renaissance. While maintaining his strong connection with New York, Bearden frequently returned to his grandparents' house in North Carolina for the summer, and memories of the South were to inspire many of his works, such as Southern Courtyard.

MEDIUM Collage on paper: photochemically printed paper cut outs, colored paper, paint, graphite, and fabric
DATES 1976
DIMENSIONS 48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm) Frame: 49 3/16 x 37 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (124.9 x 94.3 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of The Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Romare Bearden (American, 1911-1988). Southern Courtyard, 1976. Collage on paper: photochemically printed paper cut outs, colored paper, paint, graphite, and fabric, 48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation, 2004.30.1. © artist or artist's estate
IMAGE overall, 2004.30.1_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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