description of Three Men by Romare Bearden

This canvas, which is almost five feet tall and three-and-a-half feet wide, features a collage of painted paper, and details of images clipped from magazines. Three men are depicted from the knees up, standing close together. All three have large, oversized eyes, which have been sourced from magazine photographs. The man on our left is closest to us, and fills almost half of the canvas. He reaches across the others with a large hand, gripping a cigarette between his fingers. The man in the middle is the smallest of the three, and holds a tiny hand to his mouth while keeping the other in his pocket. The man on our right is the most loosely defined, and would be difficult to discern if not for the single, large eye in the middle of his face, and the cutout hand at the end of his long left arm. Most of the color in this collage can be found on the left hand side of the canvas. While the two men on the right wear dull clothing of brown paper scraps, the man on our left wears a blazer of blue and teal painted paper. The background on the right has been rendered with thin, blotchy, blue-gray watercolors, but behind the man on the left is a brick wall made of colorful paper rectangles.

Romare Bearden, Three Men, 1966-1967
Romare Bearden, Three Men, 1966-1967; printed and painted papers, watercolor, and graphite on canvas, 57 1/2 in. x 41 5/8 in. (146.05 cm x 105.73 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift; © Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Romare Bearden, Three Men, 1966-1967

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Three Men
Artist name
Romare Bearden
Date created
1966-1967
Classification
collage
Medium
printed and painted papers, watercolor, and graphite on canvas
Dimensions
57 1/2 in. x 41 5/8 in. (146.05 cm x 105.73 cm)
Date acquired
2012
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift
Copyright
© Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2012.189
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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