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Romare Bearden (1914-1988 ) was an artist and writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance and the WPA. He worked in several media including cartoons, oils, and collage. He studied under German artist George Grosz at the Art Students League in 1936 and 1937. At this time his paintings were often of scenes in the American South, and his style was strongly influenced by the Mexican muralists, especially Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. Shortly thereafter he began the first of his stints as a case worker for the New York Department of Social Services. "He took his imagery from both the everyday rituals of African American rural life in the south and urban life in the north, melding those American experiences with his personal experiences and with the themes of classical literature, religion, myth, music and daily human ritual."   more from wikipedia »