Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - Inicio

Versión española

Buy tickets

Masterworks from Budapest. From the Renaissance to the Avant-Garde

From 18 February to 28 May 2017

Lucas Cranach, the Elder
Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1526-1530
Oil on panel. 88.4 x 58.3 cm
Budapest, Museum of Fine Arts
  • Home
  • Sunday After Sermon

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Romare Bearden
Sunday After Sermon
Collage on cardboard
101.6 x 127 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 462 (1978.8)

More information about this work

In 1963, shortly before Martin Luther King’s march on Washington, Romare Bearden, who belonged to an African American family that emigrated to Harlem from the southern state of North Carolina in 1914 during the Great Migration, met up with a group of black artists in his studio in that district of New York to debate on what stance to adopt with respect to civil rights. Together they established Spiral, a short-lived group that set out to produce collages on socially committed themes. Thenceforward collage became an important narrative instrument for Bearden, who had studied under George Grosz at the Art Students League. His collages generally depict everyday settings, personal experiences and scenes of ritual or social practices, pieced together from cuttings from magazines and catalogues, painted paper and reproductions of works of art, to which he sometimes adds sprayed on paint or touches of chalk and graphite.

Sunday after Sermon 1969, a street scene in which several people chat to each other after the weekly church service, is a large collage combining newspaper and magazine cuttings with a few fragments of painted paper. Bearden’s shrewd portrayal of a trivial event that was frequent in the life of African Americans makes this simple depiction a social and moral metaphor.

The collage belonged to the Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery in New York, founded by Arne Ekstrom in conjunction with the Daniel Cordier gallery in Paris, where Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Isamu Noguchi, Richard Lindner and Bearden himself exhibited their work, among others.

Paloma Alarcó

Go to the shop

Recommended artists

Recommended works

© 2009 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Paseo del Prado 8, 28014 Madrid, España

We use our own cookies and those of third-parties to analyze the use of our website and display personalized advertising. If you continue browsing, we will consider that you consented to its use. For more information see our Cookie Policy.