Romare Bearden (1911-1988), USA
Untitled (Organic Shapes)
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.