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Some Drink! Some Drink!

20th century
63 cm x 81 cm (24 13/16 in. x 31 7/8 in.)

Romare Bearden (Charlotte, North Carolina, 1911 - 1988, New York) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: North America, American
Medium and Support: Oil on masonite
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Michener Acquisitions Fund, 1969
Accession Number: P1969.7.1

Sharp, black outlines and geometric flashes of color punctuate a stark white background in Romare Bearden’s Some Drink! Some Drink!. One of his early ventures away from representational social realist painting to abstraction, Bearden uses ambiguous shapes, forming a whirl of color, line, and figures.
The subject, one of a series of paintings by Bearden, comes from the stories of French writer François Rabelais. During this period of his career, Bearden frequently drew inspiration from such diverse sources as the Bible, literature, Old Master painting, and cubism. Bearden's early works were realistically painted urban scenes, but after World War II, he began experimenting with abstraction. The shift from realism to abstraction was natural for Bearden who emphasized the creative process and energy of art more than realism as a means to express his ideas

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