Village Square

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  • Romare Bearden, Village Square, 1969, collage on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin, 2005.5.4

In genre scenes, landscapes, and jazz and blues images of the 1960s, Bearden transformed contemporary and recollected moments, people, and places into archetypes that transcend generation and culture. Village Square, which is populated by a woman with a shopping basket, a child holding a treasured object, and a street musician, is both nowhere and everywhere. The face of the musician is simultaneously real and mask-like, reinforcing the understanding that he is a contemporary figure whose cultural roots lie in Africa.

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
Village Square
Not on view
23 3419 78 in. (60.350.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin

Mediums Description
collage on paperboard
  • Cityscape – town
  • Architecture Exterior
  • Performing arts – music – guitar
  • African American
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