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ROMARE BEARDEN (1911 - 1988) Untitled.
Collagraph on thick wove paper, circa 1969-70. 452x592 mm; 17 3/4x23 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed in pencil, lower right. A very good impression of this scarce, experimental print. Not in Gelburd/Rosenberg.
Bearden began his first forays in printmaking with collagraphs, according to Gelburd/Rosenberg, while he was showing at the Kootz Gallery. The printer Mohammed O. Khalil observed a small run of approximately 10 works or unique impressions made at Blackburn's Print Workshop. Ruth Fine links these experimental works to his early collaboration with Bob Blackburn - "The collagraph process grows directly from collage, the reason Blackburn saw it as a useful approach for Bearden. The name suggests the method: 'collage prints.'" She describes three types of matrices from which the Bearden prints were printed. This collagraph has the first type - "collages from layered drawing papers, cardboard, sandpaper, and fabric such as burlap, and coated with a synthetic that would resist the absorption of the print ink," Fine, p. 60.