Open Door

Open Door

1979

Romare Bearden

(American, 1912-1988)

Color lithograph

John L. Severance Fund 1994.84

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Growing up during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, artist Romare Bearden devoted his career to recasting, in his words, "the image of man in terms of the Negro experience I know best." His imaginative collages, which he often translated into printed media as here, employed a fragmented style inspired by the rhythms of jazz. He transformed often mundane scenes of African American life into images with spiritual and cultural resonances. Here, a woman bathing in the background of Open Door evokes baptism, a ritual of spiritual purification and cleansing and a reminder of the importance of religion in African American culture.

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Collection: 
PR - Lithograph
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print

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