Oral history interview with Romare Bearden, 1968 June 29
Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988
Ghent, Henri, 1926-
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Transcript: 34 pages
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 15 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Romare Bearden conducted 1968 June 29, by Henri Ghent, for the Archives of American Art.
Bearden speaks of his childhood in New York; the development of his artistic interests and ability; studying with George Grosz; his transition from cartoonist to painter; his first gallery show in Washington, D.C.; the influence of the Dutch masters; reactions to his work; his interest in gypsy culture; his travels; being a black artist; his work methods; and his future plans. He recalls the artist Carl Holty.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Romare Bearden, 1968 June 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Romare Bearden (1911-1988) was painter from New York, New York.
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001