Romare Bearden Foundation

Romare Bearden, Pittsburgh Memory, 1964. Art © Estate of Romare Bearden / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. This work of art is protected by copyright and/or related rights and may not be reproduced in any manner, except as permitted under the ARTstor Digital Library Terms and Conditions of Use, without the prior express written authorization of VAGA, Tel.: 212-736-6666; Fax: 212-736-6767, email:

Artstor is partnering with the Romare Bearden Foundation to share nearly 1,000 images of works by American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) in the Digital Library. These works represent the breadth of Bearden's enormous output, from his early paintings executed in a range of styles to his pioneering collage work, which highlights his unique combination of painting and collage materials drawn from popular sources. Throughout, Bearden's art displays his deep engagement with the African American community and the Civil Rights movement.

In addition to his reputation as one of the most celebrated American artists of the 20th century, Romare Bearden's talents encompassed intellectual and scholarly pursuits, music, the performing arts, as well as his lifelong support of emerging artists. The Romare Bearden Foundation was established in 1990 as a nonprofit organization by the artist's estate to preserve and perpetuate his legacy. From 1990 until her death in 1996, Nanette Rohan Bearden, the artist's wife and a noted dancer and choreographer, was president of the Foundation. The Foundation continues to honor Bearden's artistic legacy by supporting educational programs, special projects, exhibitions, scholarships, and publications that deepen appreciation of and access to Bearden's art and life. The Foundation also continues Bearden's work within the artistic community by supporting the intellectual and creative development of up-and-coming African American artists and scholars. As part of a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bearden's birth, the US Postal Service issued four stamps commemorating the artist's achievements on September 2011.