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Romare Bearden: A Closer Look

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Explore The Return of Odysseus (Homage to Pinturicchio and Benin) by artist Romare Bearden. Engage in slow looking, learn about Bearden and his work, and get new ideas for your own art making.
Romare Bearden Return Of Odysseus

The Return of Odysseus (Homage to Pinturicchio and Benin) is one in a series of collages by Romare Bearden retelling The Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic poem about a hero’s journey home. Using collage—the process of layering and pasting pieces of cut or torn paper, photographs, or fabric to create an image—Bearden transformed the tale, celebrating the connections between The Odyssey’s characters and African American history and culture.

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