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Evening of the Gray Cat


Romare H. Bearden (American, 1911 - 1988)

Cats feature prominently in much of Bearden’s work and served as poignant symbols containing a myriad of meanings. Protectors and guardians, these mysterious creatures’ lean, agile bodies allow them to silently traverse borders. For Bearden, cats were beloved and treasured pets in his life as well as important and recurring motifs in his works of art. In Evening of the Gray Cat the challenge of locating the gray cat that is the subject of this work, forces the viewers’ eyes to travel throughout the interior of this home, learning more about its inhabitants.

paper (fiber product), board

Measurements:    height: 30 inches    width: 40 inches    frame height: 40 inches    frame width: 49 inches

Gift of Bank of America 2002.68.3

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN