Empress of the Blues

Publication Label
African American Art is a rich part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, which is the largest and one of the finest in the United States. The museum began acquiring work by African American artists in the 1960s, some in depth — such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, William H. Johnson, and Alma Thomas. Many of the social, political, and cultural movements that came to define the twentieth century in America and captured the imagination of artists — such as the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights movement — were rooted in African American communities.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Object Details

Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Romare Bearden, born Charlotte, NC 1911-died New York City 1988
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in part through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
acrylic and pencil on paper and printed paper on paperboard
36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 121.9 cm.)