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1986 Romare Bearden Born: Charlotte, North Carolina 1911 Died: New York, New York 1988 collage on wood 28 x 20 in. (71.1 x 50.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program © 1988, Estate of Romare Bearden 1990.37 Not currently on view

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Family is the preliminary model for a ceramic tile mural Bearden created for the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Jamaica, New York. The overlapping forms of hands and arms reinforce the scene of family and generational bonding. The grandfather’s outward gaze connects the viewer with this scene of heritage and hope.

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
, 2008


Architecture Exterior - detail - porch

Ethnic - African-American

Figure group - family

Landscape - tree