Romare Bearden (1911-1988), USA

Untitled (Organic Shapes)

, 1960

Felt-tipped pens and color inks on cream laid paper

5 x 12 in. (12.7 x 30.4 cm)


About this artwork

In this work on paper, we see Bearden’s capability to improvise with lines and colors: The organic shapes seem to swirl across the paper as if the wind has just picked them up — a scene reminiscent of a beautiful autumn day, were the colors not so evocative of springtime. A fine example of Bearden’s free approach to let an idea evolve spontaneously. There is an obvious relationship with the late work of Matisse.

Romare Bearden Foundation. “Romare Bearden Biography.” Accessed May 3, 2023. “Romare Bearden: prints.”Arena for Contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean Art. Accessed May 3, 2023.