Romare Bearden (American, 1911-1988)
Empress of the Blues
Signed 'Rom/are/Bear/den' bottom right, oil, watercolor, pencil, monotype and collage on paper
Sheet size: 41 1/2 x 27 1/4 in. (105.4 x 69.2cm)
Cordier & Ekstrom Inc., New York, New York.
Private Collection, West Redding, Connecticut, since 1981.
Empress of the Blues references the enduring influence of music on Bearden's work, in its visual cadence and rhythmic swirling movement, but also with its strong female singer captivating her audience.
Sold for $56,250 (buyer's premium included)