Romare Bearden Revisited

“I want to see how life can triumph.”

Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden

Art is not static; it is fluid and dynamic.  It is above all, experiential.

Today, when I moved my “The Metropolitan Museum of Art Gallery Calendar” ahead, I recognized the artist immediately – Romare Bearden. And I felt that lift to my spirits as if meeting a long-lost friend.

Let me be perfectly clear, I am by no means an art connoisseur with vast amounts of knowledge on the subject of art.  I am learning as I go along.  What I have discovered over the past few months is that creative expression is a narrative.  There is always a story behind a painting, sketch, photograph or sculpture.   Yet, the story remains incomplete until the relationship with the observer has been secured.

My journey began with the purchase of notepaper.  Out of that simply transaction, I discovered an artist that used his life experiences to create art and to express compassionate humanity that he felt was missing after his experiences in WWII. His African-American heritage, along with his studies of art history and philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1950 positioned him to focus on unity and cooperation within his community during the struggle for civil rights.

I did not see a date on a calendar this morning; instead, I completed the story.

“There are roads out of the secret place within us on which we must all move as we go to touch others.”

Romare Bearden