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Noah, Third Day

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Noah, Third Day

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Romare Bearden
American, 1911–1988

Date

1972

Medium

Collage and acrylic on board

Accession #

73.14

Dimensions

40 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

The spiritual life of African American communities, both rural and urban, finds frequent expression in Bearden’s work. In this biblical scene from Noah and the Ark, Bearden imparts an intimate, folkloric quality through rhythmic patterning and flattened shapes. To make this collage, Bearden layered hand-colored copies of photographs, abstract cutouts, and references to African and early Christian art. Noah himself is shown in mask-like profile and with dark skin—signaling the inclusion of Black culture within Christian tradition.

Credit

Gift in memory of Peter Rindskopf and purchase

Image Copyright

© Romare Bearden Foundation/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY