Verso: Bearden Archival Release and Impressionist Exhibitions

June 2023 |

A Major Archival Release to the Romare Bearden Papers

The WPI is pleased to announce the release of three new subseries from the Romare Bearden Papers from the Printed Materials series: Exhibitions Catalogues and Announcements, Periodicals and Clippings, and Source Materials.

The archives consist of documents and materials collected and maintained by the African American artist, Romare Bearden (1911-1988).

The collection offers extensive documentation spanning Bearden’s career related to the artist’s exhibitions, as well as galleries, museums, and other institutions he was connected to. The articles contain interviews with the artist and illuminate how critics and scholars have viewed his work. The Source Materials subseries provides a rich survey of the art historical materials from which Bearden drew inspiration and offers a glimpse into his working methods.

You can browse the materials in the Romare Bearden Papers on the Digital Archives. Stay tuned for more information!

Invitation, “Romare Bearden: The Prevalence of Ritual” – The Studio Museum in Harlem, July 1972; Romare Bearden Papers [g9wnuk44], The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc.

Related Exhibitions: Impressionism

Marquet en Normandie

Musée d’art moderne André Malraux in Le Havre, France

The exhibition brings together for the first time over 60 paintings and drawings from prestigious public and private French and foreign collections. Marquet’s works will be in dialogue at the MuMa with those of his peers, Dufy, Friesz, Camoin, and Valtat.


Albert Marquet, Le Havre, le bassin, 1906, oil on wood. Le Havre, Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, achat de la Ville avec l’aide de l’État Fonds du Patrimoine, la Région Normandie Fonds régional d’acquisition des musées, l’AMAM, et les entreprises Helvetia, Chalus Chégaray et Cie, CRAM, CRIC, 2019. © MuMa Le Havre / Charles Maslard

 Léon Monet 

Musée du Luxembourg, France

The Musée du Luxembourg is presenting an unprecedented exhibition on Léon Monet (1836-1917), the overlooked brother of Claude Monet (1840-1926). A color chemist, Rouen-based industrialist and collector, Léon Monet played a key role in his artist brother’s career. 

Curated by Géraldine Lefebvre, Doctor of Art History, 19th-century specialist, and consultant for the WPI, the exhibition brings together around one hundred works, among them paintings and drawings by Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, and Renoir, as well as books of colors, fabric swatches, Japanese prints, archive documents and a host of family photographs.

Claude Monet, Portrait de Léon Monet, 1874 © Private Collection

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