Not only has he read widely in epic literature, but his water colors can have the quality of medieval illuminations. Bearden also has a deep feeling for paper. Its white delivers more light to him than he can ever coax out of canvas. If he was a musician in the way he approaches tones and intervals, he is also a storyteller, and paper is as much his element as color and line.
Michael Brenson



You Are Dead Forever Untitled, 1948. He Walks on Water The Obeah's Choice
The Shepherdess Mme. Celestine Comes to New Orleans to Sing the Blues Solo Marriage of the Viper
Four Standing Musicians Jackie at the Five Spot Loa Leaves With First Cock Open Market