Collection of Ronald E. Patterson and Thomas R. Corbin
Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988
Freeman, Robert, 1946-
Corbin, Thomas R.
Patterson, Robert E.
New York (N.Y.)
Robert Freeman (1946-) is known for his vivid figurative paintings depicting well-to-do African Americans at sophisticated gatherings. With expressive faces and body language, Freeman reveals the deep emotion of his characters even within crowds. Freeman's unique use of color and gesture render his figures nearly abstract. Based in Boston, Freeman has exhibited extensively in the Northeast, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the University of New England.
Romare Bearden (1911-1988), considered one of America's greatest artists, was a draftsman, painter, watercolorist, and most preeminently, a collagist. He received many honors during his life, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1987 from President Reagan. Born in North Carolina, and raised in Pittsburgh and New York’s Harlem, Bearden worked in various styles, including cartoon and drawing, social genre, modernism, abstract expressionism and photo-collage. Bearden was best known for the universal themes employed in his collage paintings and prints. He found his imagery in both the everyday rituals of African American rural life in the south and urban life in the north, combining those American experiences with his personal experiences and interest in classical literature, religion, and music, particularly jazz. The Studio Museum in Harlem and the National Gallery of Art exhibited posthumous retrospectives of Bearden's works.
African American artists
Human figure in art
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum