A Saturday evening with Romare Bearden
Two works on paper from the second half of the artist's life are heading for the auction room, and could yet again fire the bidding.
Romare Howard Bearden (1911-1988), Saturday Evening, 1975, collage and pencil lines, 20 x 25 cm.
While only a handful of French collectors are interested in this artist, born in South Carolina to a well-off family (his great-grandfather was an influential member of the black community; his mother a journalist with the Chicago Defender), Americans are wild about his painting. On 6 June 2018 (Ferri auction house), eight works from the former collection of Fritz Salomon, a friend of the painter's, inspired enthusiastic bids, when the highest, €259,120, went to a 1940s gouache, The Rites of Spring. A fine performance, given that the top prices generally go to more recent, non-figurative works often involving collage, his most iconic technique. So there is good reason to expect a fine score for not only Saturday Evening, but also for a watercolour and gouache, probably from the 1960s, entitled Cavalier, which has a moderate estimate of €8,000/10,000. Like the ones last year, these pictures belonged to Fritz Salomon.