Romare Bearden

The WPI began working with the Romare Bearden Foundation in 2020 and has since been processing their archives and artwork documentation. We anticipate releasing the catalogue raisonné database of artworks executed between 1964–1969 in 2025. We also host a selection of digitized materials from the artist’s estate, and sponsor webinar series and the recording of oral histories related to the artist and his circle.

Romare Bearden, At the Well, 1983, collage and watercolor on paper. Private collection. WPI Archives. © Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Archival Resource

Romare Bearden Papers

The Romare Bearden Papers document the artist’s professional art and writing careers with digitized materials sourced from the Romare Bearden Foundation

Archival Resource

Bearden Oral Histories

The Wildenstein Plattner Institute’s Romare Bearden Oral History Series explores Bearden’s life, career, and legacy through interviews with scholars, collectors, collaborators, and family members.

Digital Catalogue Raisonné

The Romare Bearden Digital Catalogue Raisonné (forthcoming)

The Romare Bearden Digital Catalogue Raisonne project (RBDCR) will be among the first major digital catalogue raisonnés for an African American artist, and is integral to the WPI’s development.

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