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On the occasion of the exhibition Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings (on view June 5–September 3, 2012), the artist recorded his thoughts about various works of art in the Met's collection.
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Sketch and color swatches for tapestry, "Recollection Pond"
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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."
Signature: Signed (upper right): Romare Bearden
Buffalo, New York: AlbrightKnox Art Gallery, ¦A Look at Romare Bearden¦, May 11 - July 28, 2002, cat. no. 19.Charlotte. Mint Museum UPTOWN. "Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections," September 2, 2011–January 8, 2012, no. 58.
A Look at Romare Bearden, exhibition pamphlet. Buffalo: AlbrightKnox Art Gallery, 2002. Cat. no. 19.
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