Romare Bearden "The Family"

1028 words 5 pages
Khari Vanderbilt
English 1C
October 13, 2014 Romare Bearden's "The Family" (1941) & "The Family (1975) Comparisons
Romare Bearden, a great artist that expresses many feelings throughout his photos. He expresses different types of feelings and meanings through colors, background, character demeanor, and even the posture of the characters in the picture. My favorite painting by Romare Bearden has to be "The Family"(1941) due to the fact that I had a personal connection to the picture. I never knew of Romare Bearden's other painting that related to this one which is "The Family"(1975). This is a similar picture but the family isn't as depressed as the family in the first picture. This family doesn't seem to be struggling and
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These colors often mean happy, joyful, and life. I believe the artist may have chose these colors to express the family because they once struggled and they may feel relieved that things are starting to fall into place and they don’t have to struggle as much as before. Also, the family appears to live with more people than they previously did. There appears to be a woman in the family bathroom who is taking a shower. This could be the child that was in the first picture but she has grown older. There is also two other characters in the house, both of them are young children. One is helping the father and mother with the food by cutting the loaf of bread.The other child is standing behind the first kid, its hard to see what the child is doing. It seems like the child is holding a toy which could be why the child is looking down. These pictures both share alot in common, they both are pictures of the same family just in different times in their life. The first picture shows them when they were struggling and the second picture shows them years later leaving a lot better than they previously did. They were also made by the same artist, Romare Bearden, which is why the style of the painting is the same. Both paintings contain a lot of color that hold meanings that help explain the picture. I find this unique because if you dont know what the colors mean it may be difficult to understand whats going on in the picture unless you go off the characters