In the Garden from the Prevalence of Ritual Suite

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  • Romare Bearden, In the Garden from the Prevalence of Ritual Suite, 1974, screenprint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Byron Lewis, 2009.42.4

In 1974, Bearden created series of five screen prints he titled the Prevalence of Ritual that presented episodes from Greek mythology and stories from the Bible through a Southern lens. In the Garden is an obvious allusion to Eve and the Garden of Eden, but Bearden shows the Eve figure in the guise of a conjur” woman or Southern healer. He said: She was called upon to prepare love potions…and to be consulted regarding vexing personal and family problems. Much of her knowledge had been passed on through generations from an African past, although a great deal was learned from American Indians.”

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
In the Garden from the Prevalence of Ritual Suite
Not on view
image: 3629 in. (91.473.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Byron Lewis

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  • Figure female – full length
  • Landscape – garden
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