American, 1911-1988


lithograph with hand collage
titled and numberedRoots AP 4/15 in pencil lower left; signed Romare Bearden in pencil lower right
image: 23 3/4 x 18 in., frame: 32 3/4 x 26 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).

  • Notes: According to Jane B. Shapiro at the 17 Wendell Street Gallery, this work is number 4 out of 15 artist proofs. The work is accompanied by a letter from Shapiro explaining, 17 Wendell Street Gallery asked Romare Bearden to collage two lithographs of "Roots" as he and the printers had originally planned. Bearden collaged the sun, both birds, and the ship and flag on the 4th of 15 APs. The plain lithograph was issued in a limited edition of 100; then the printers pulled 20 more which were [indistinct] the artist and numbered separately. The artist wanted the 20 extra to sell in a fund-raising effort for his wife's dance company Chamber Dance Company. Of these the 2nd of the 20 was collaged for 17 Wendell Street Gallery - sun, one bird, and the blue section of the flag shirt. As far as the Gallery knows no other "Roots" lithographs have been collaged.

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  • Condition: Overall good condition. Collaged birds slightly yellowed. Framed under UF3 plexi.

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