Discussion Questions: Romare Bearden’s Three Men

Artwork image, Romare Bearden Three Men

Romare Bearden, Three Men, 1966–67; collection SFMOMA, purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift; © Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  1. What is the first thing you notice about this work?
  2. What else do you notice after looking at it for a while?
  3. Describe the lines and shapes that you see. For example, “I see a thin, curving line.”
  4. In making this work, what materials and tools do you think the artist used? What problems might he have faced along the way?
  5. Think of a title for this work that is based on what you have noticed so far (colors, lines, shapes, textures, materials). Then take a look at the actual title. On what do you think that title was based? Which title do you prefer? Why?

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