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Lithograph by Romare Bearden.
Bearden's collages and prints delineate an African American cultural mythology; knowledge of the African American experience is key to understanding his work. In this print, three women stand beneath a crest of two gray birds flanking a brown sun. Birds play a symbolic role in Bearden's expansive body of work; they symbolize migration, journey and displacement. They may also represent messengers from the spirit world, or be seen as symbols of the head as the house of knowledge, which adds significance to the placement of the birds in this image.
Purchase of the Tubman African American Museum.
- Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988
- Digital Library of Georgia
- Contributing Institution
- Tubman African-American Museum
- African American prints--United States
Human figure in art
African Americans in art
- Civic Center, NY
- 1 print (number 117 from an edition of 300) : lithograph, color90 x 72 cm.
Cite as: [title of item], Selections from the Collections of the Tubman African American Museum, 1800-2012, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.
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- Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988. Firebirds. 1979. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/id:tbmn_sftm_tm04122011-100. (Accessed August 18, 2018.)
- APA citation style
- Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988, (1979) Firebirds. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/id:tbmn_sftm_tm04122011-100
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- Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/id:tbmn_sftm_tm04122011-100>.