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Jackie At Bedtime By Romare Bearden

Selected by Vladimir Cybil Charlier

I am interested in the way the figure is framed in a rectangle that is set apart from the rest of the composition, which depicts a row of loosely rendered buildings. Symbolically, the woman's body (presumably Jackie) becomes another building. As in many of his works, in "Jackie at Bedtime" Bearden evokes a range of art-historical references ranging from traditional caryatids, the idealized and sexualized female body and to Louise Bourgeois' early series "Femme-Maison." The piece also has the feel of a number of romanticized, primitivist pieces--Rousseau,Gauguin and Hector Hyppolite come to mind.

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