A new exhibition at the BMA presents the works of Richard Yarde

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Amazing works of art are on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art, including an exhibit called “Richard Yarde: Beyond the Savoy.” Yarde was a virtuoso painter who often used watercolors to recreate historical photographs of prominent black leaders and artists.| LINK: More reports from Black History Month “He is truly considered one of the greatest watercolourists of the 20th century.” Baltimore Museum of Art curator Oliver Shell said of Yarde, a Boston-born painter and watercolourist born in 1939. “He enjoyed exploring African-American history and working from photographs. Boston.” “Exposure to this photographic process would become an inspirational ‘sort of floating,'” Shell said. at the Savoy Ballroom, which was a jazz nightclub in Harlem.” Ella Fitzgerald at the Savoy fronting the band Chick Webb in the 30s and 40s, and you can see the whole Egyptian-themed bandstand and all the musicians . It’s really, really nice,” Shell said. Shell said Yarde had a dual interest in historical figures and their cal weight politics of the time, such as his artwork depicting members of the Niagara Movement – ​​a black civil rights movement founded in 1905 by activists led by WEB DuBois. “WEB Dubois, who is the third figure in the middle, assembled this group of black intellectuals to discuss civil rights and they met on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls,” Snell said. Most of Yarde’s works have were created without preliminary drawings. He improvised in pigment, much like the jazz musicians who were his frequent subjects. “He also liked to preserve the white. The white in this image is the watercolor that shines through that has not been pigmented. He had incredible control of his hand. When he was doing things, he had to anticipate in advance where the buttons were going to be and paint around it,” Snell said. Yarde died in 2011 at the age of 72. be displayed for six months at a time before being dismantled and stored in the dark so that light does not discolor them. The exhibition has three galleries and will be open until April 24.

There are amazing works of art on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art, including an exhibit called “Richard Yarde: Beyond Savoy.”

Yarde was a virtuoso painter who often used watercolors to recreate historic photographs of prominent black leaders and artists.

| LINK: More Black History Month Reports

“He is truly considered one of the greatest watercolourists of the 20th century.” Baltimore Museum of Art curator Oliver Shell said of Yarde, a Boston-born painter and watercolourist, born in 1939, “He enjoyed exploring African-American history and working from photographs. Boston.”

Exposure to this photographic process would become a source of inspiration.

“He often tilts things generally to the left. It’s based on the way he was looking at photographs, which are often in water baths, so when they’re in the dark room they sort of float,” Shell said.

Some of his paintings depict prominent black figures: Marcus Garvey, boxing great Jack Johnson, actor Paul Robeson, and Ella Fitzgerald at the Savoy Ballroom, which was a jazz nightclub in Harlem.

“Ella Fitzgerald at the Savoy fronting Chick Webb in the 30s and 40s, and you can see the whole Egyptian-themed bandstand and all the musicians. It’s really, really beautiful,” Shell said.

Shell said Yarde had a dual interest in historical figures and their political clout of the time, such as his artwork depicting members of the Niagara Movement – a black civil rights movement founded in 1905 by activists led by WEB DuBois.

“WEB Dubois, who is the third figure in the middle, brought this group of black intellectuals together to discuss civil rights and they met on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls,” Snell said.

Most of Yarde’s work was created without preliminary drawings. He improvises in pigment, much like the jazz musicians who were his frequent subjects.

“He also liked to preserve the white. The white in this picture is the watercolor that shines through that hasn’t been pigmented. He had incredible control of his hand. When he was doing things, he had to look forward to the advance where the buttons were going to be and paint around,” Snell said.

Yarde died in 2011 at the age of 72. Preservation of his work is important, and 11 News has learned that watercolors can only be displayed for six months at a time before being removed and stored in the dark so that light won’t fade them. .

The exhibition has three galleries and will be open until April 24.

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