Jun 24, 2010 - Sale 2219

Sale 2219 - Lot 42

Price Realized: $ 15,600
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
ROMARE BEARDEN (1911 - 1988)
Storyville: Special Request.

Oil monotype on heavy wove paper, circa 1975. 1055x750 mm; 41 1/2x29 1/2 inches. Arches watermark. Signed in pencil, upper left.

Provenance: the estate of Nanette Bearden, the artist's wife.

Sharon Patton connected the appearance of the Storyville subject in Bearden's early monotypes and collages to the period shortly after the 1970 MoMA exhibition of Storyville photographs. Prostitutes from New Orleans's red-light district photographed by E. J. Bellocq in the early 20th century were reprinted by the photographer Lee Friedlander from the original glass-plate negatives. Bearden owned a copy of the museum catalogue in his library. Fine pp. 92 -95.