American, 1911-1988

In the Garden

1978, acrylic, cloth, and paper collage on paper affixed to board
signed Romare Bearden center right
sight: 10 1/4 x 6 7/8 in., frame: 13 x 9 3/4 in.

  • Provenance: The artist; 17 Wendell Street Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts; acquired from the above by a Wellesley, Massachusetts Collector, June 20, 1978; The Estate of a Wellesley, Massachusetts Collector.

    Exhibitions: Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts Boston Collects Bearden, May 1982 (label verso).

    During the Black Lives Matter protests in Boston this June, our gallery door was spray painted with the message "#BLM DO BETTER, ART WORLD!" With the consignment of thirteen works by Black artists to The Fall Auction, we have identified an opportunity to do so. Grogan & Company will contribute 5% of our proceeds from the sale of lots 16 through 28 to Boston's Artists For Humanity. Our donation will provide support to the next generation of BIPOC artists, and is meant to encourage others in the art world to take the challenge to “Do Better.” Artists For Humanity (AFH) provides under-resourced teens the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. Visit Artists For Humanity's website to learn more.
  • Condition: Overall good condition. Collage very slightly lifting in the following areas: tip of left hand blue leaf along bottom edge, wrist of left figure's downward facing hand, top of lower green patch on left side. A few pinprick losses to acrylic along left, lower, and right edges. Frame brackets are affixed to Masonite with what appears to be hot glue (see image of verso).

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