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The Woodshed

Artist:
Romare Bearden (American, Charlotte, North Carolina 1911–1988 New York)
Date:
1969
Medium:
Cut and pasted printed and colored papers, photostats, cloth, graphite, and sprayed ink on Masonite
Dimensions:
40 1/2 x 50 1/2 in. (102.9 x 128.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.19
Rights and Reproduction:
Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Not on view
Inspired by the memories of his family in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Bearden created domestic scenes that reflect the strength of Southerners under challenging circumstances. Here, a family of four gathers in a run-down shed for a meal and some music. United by everyday rituals, they are also brought together by Bearden's carefully structured format of rectangles and squares. As the artist noted in 1969, such compositions were influenced by his study of seventeenth-century Dutch paintings by Johannes Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch: "I came to some understanding of the way these painters controlled their big shapes, even when elements of different size and scale were included within those large shapes….When I begin a work now…I try only to establish the general layout of the composition. When that is accomplished, I attempt ever more definite statements, superimposing other materials over those I started with."
Inscription: Signed (upper right): Romare Bearden
[Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery, New York, until 1970; sold to MMA]

Bronx County Courthouse. "Paintings from the Metropolitan, Pinturas del Metropolitano," May 12–June 13, 1971, no. 14.

Brooklyn. Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. "Selected Works by Black Artists from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14–June 14, 1976, unnumbered cat.

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, The Arsenal. "Selected Works by Black Artists from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 7–March 30, 1979, no catalogue.

Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Art Museum. "The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 9–April 21, 1985, unnum. cat. (p. 38).

Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Museum of Art. "The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 5–June 30, 1985, unnum. cat.

New York. National Academy of Design. "The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 16–September 1, 1985, unnum. cat.

Evanston, Ill. Terra Museum of American Art. "The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 15–November 10, 1985, unnum. cat.

Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Center. "The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 12, 1985–January 19, 1986, unnum. cat.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. "The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 9–March 30, 1986, unnum. cat.

St. Paul. Minnesota Museum of Art. "The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 20–June 8, 1986, unnum. cat.

Pleasantville, N. Y. Reader's Digest. "Faces and Figures: Selected Works by Black Artists from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 12–April 1, 1988, brochure no. 4.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "14 Americans," July 16, 1990–January 2, 1991, unnum. checklist.

Buffalo. Albright-Knox Art Gallery. "A Look At Romare Bearden," May 11–July 28, 2002, no. 19.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Romare Bearden at the Met," October 19, 2004–March 6, 2005, no catalogue.

Charlotte, N. C. Mint Museum Uptown. "Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections," September 22, 2011–January 8, 2012, unnumbered cat. (pl. 58).

Lowery Stokes Sims. The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Jacksonville Art Museum. New York, 1984, pp. 9, 38–39, ill. (color).

Claire Schneider. A Look At Romare Bearden. Exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Buffalo, 2002, no. 19.

Jae Emerling in Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections. Exh. cat., Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts. Charlotte, 2011, p. 68, colorpl. 58.



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