He is Risen (The Passion of Christ Series)

He is Risen (The Passion of Christ Series)

Romare Howard Bearden (American, 1911-1988)

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  • This image of the resurrected Christ, with its colorful angular forms and tangle of black lines, reflects the influence of African sculpture, the faceted planes of Cubism, and stained glass windows. It is typical of the tension between representation and abstraction that characterizes Bearden’s work.
  • Bearden grew up in Harlem and studied in New York with German artist George Grosz, who introduced him to his own satirical approach, as well as styles of the European avant-garde and Old Masters.
  • This work is one of a series of watercolors and oils called The Passion of Christ, which the artist created just after World War II. Bearden was drawn to the theme as a lesson in universal human values.

From the artist to Duke Ellington [1899-1974] in 1945; by descent in the Ellington family to Stephen James, Duke Ellington's son in 1974; consigned by James to (Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, New York) in 2006 {1}

{1} Provenance information supplied by (Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, New York.)

Object Information

Romare Howard Bearden (American, 1911-1988)
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oil on gessoed cardboard over Masonite
36 x 24 in. (sheet)
44-1/2 x 32-1/2 x 3 in. (framed)
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Signed lower left: Bearden
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James E. Roberts Fund, Cecil F. Head Art Fund, Mary V. Black Art Endowment Fund, Roger L. Williams Fund
© Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

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