One of the twentieth century’s preeminent artists, Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988) lived and worked during a period of unprecedented growth and vitality in American society. Over the course of his sixty-five-year career, Bearden explored subject matter that highlighted the broad range of his interests in the humanities and his deep engagement with African American life and culture. Impassioned about the people, issues, and ideas that shaped the world, Bearden imbued his work with a humanism that transcends time and place. His diverse oeuvre—including collages and photomontages, mosaic murals, watercolors, oils, monotypes, and designs—reflects the creative ferment of his time. His art often references classical, biblical, and mythological subjects and scenes of contemporary life, capturing the vibrancy of the people and places of the rural South, the urban North, and the Caribbean.