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After Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988)
LOT ID: 77617
Circe, ie. circa 1978

Tapestries, wool
58 х 83 in. (147.32 x 210.82 cm.)
Signed, with the artist's name embroidered © Bearden.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1978
Edition 20
Foundry/Publisher Modern Masters Tapestries ed.
Lot description
The image on this large wool tapestry, which measures nearly 5 x 7 feet, is Bearden's interpretation of the mythological figure Circe, portrayed in Homer's Odyssey as a goddess who transforms Odysseus' fleet of the Argonauts into a herd of swine with a magical potion. In this image, Circe reclines in her mansion on the island of Aeaea as Odysseus' ship sails past in the distance.

Excellent condition.

Romare Bearden (1911–1988) was an African American artist who worked with various media including oil, prints, and collage. After obtaining a degree from New York University, Bearden got involved in arts advocacy and began taking art courses at the Art Student's League, where he studied under George Grosz, among other renowned professional artists. Bearden's work reveals a wide range of inspiration and influences, from the murals of Diego Rivera to the work of Matisse to Japanese prints.

Bearden became was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the focus of his work during this time shifted to the spirit and conscience of African Americans during this crucial era in American history.
Circe by Romare Bearden
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