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Of the Blues: Carolina Shout


Romare H. Bearden (American, 1911 - 1988)

Borrowing its title from the early jazz recording by James P. Johnson, Carolina Shout also depicts a religious ritual—the baptism. It is this duality that makes Carolina Shout, for some, a controversial work. Bearden, endlessly inspired by ritual and music, understood the deep connection that often links these two seemingly disparate cultures, that jazz music, in fact, has its origins in gospel music.

Place object was created: United States

collage, acrylic, lacquer, board

Measurements:    frame height: 46 inches    frame width: 59.75 inches    frame depth: 2.375 inches    panel height: 37.5 inches    panel width: 51 inches    smallest depth: 1.5 inches

Museum Purchase: National Endowment for the Arts Matching Fund and the Charlotte Debutante Club Fund. 1975.8 Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN