ROMARE BEARDEN (1911-1988)
ROMARE BEARDEN (1911-1988)
ROMARE BEARDEN (1911-1988)
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ROMARE BEARDEN (1911-1988)

St. Martin Obeah (Sorcier de St. Martin, Manmbo St. Martin Yan)

ROMARE BEARDEN (1911-1988)
St. Martin Obeah (Sorcier de St. Martin, Manmbo St. Martin Yan)
signed ‘Romare Bearden’ (center right); titled ‘ST. MARTIN Obeah’ (on the reverse)
watercolor on paper
29 7/8 x 22 in. (75.6 x 56.1 cm.)
Painted 1984.
Cordier & Ekstrom, New York
ACA Galleries, New York
Franklin Riehlman Fine Art, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2008
S. Price and R. Price, Romare Bearden: The Caribbean Dimension, Philadelphia, 2006, p. 134, no. 108 (illustrated).
New York, Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery, Romare Bearden: Rituals of the Obeah, November–December, 1984.
New York, Schoelkopf Gallery, Norman Lewis and Romare Bearden, July-August 2021 (virtual exhibition).

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Lot Essay

"One Obeah woman thought that she made the sun rise. Each night she held back the moon and conceived a rooster which she hurled out into the sky, and it became the sun, . . . the darker side of things . . . is what the Obeah are mostly about. The Obeah go back to the Ashanti. This is magic, not religion, although it is not voodoo. Sometimes the magic and religion interweave, but as I see it, it is more about magic . . . I was very interested in the fact that the Obeah and their roots could be traced back to Africa." –Romare Bearden

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