Romare Bearden’s legacy, a visual language rich with information, has created a distinct contemporary world. Through his application of symbolic materials, he has illustrated our lives—a construction of past and present images that depict the African American’s contribution to American history.
His work and life are testaments to his commitment to capture the true essence of African-American experience. He created elaborate narratives based on concepts that reference our complex history through the juxtaposition of source materials, infused with a painterly landscape of colors, sophisticated patterns, and the black image. His work elicits emotion and has established a powerful context for the generations that have followed him.