Romare Bearden Quotes

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Romare Bearden Quotes

You should always respect what you are and your culture because if your art is going to mean anything, that is where it comes from.
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Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies.

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The artist confronts chaos. The whole thing of art is, how do you organize chaos?

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Art is the soul of a people.

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But no one, when you stop to think, has ever equated abstract expressionism as a movement with jazz music. It's based on improvisation. The rhythms, the personal involvement, all of this is part of the jazz experience.

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You put down one color and it calls for an answer. You have to look at it like a melody.

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My purpose is to paint the life of my people as I know it.

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Painting is the act of discovery and you're constantly enlarging your horizon or finding yourself every time you paint.

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The function of the artist is to organize the facets of life according to his imagination.

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I want to see how life can triumph.

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The most difficult object in painting is yourself because you're always at issue

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It was not my aim to paint about the Negro in America in terms of propaganda. It is to depict the life of my people as I know it, passionately and dispassionately as Brueghel.

— Romare Bearden

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