Guaranteed Authentic. Romare Howard Bearden (1911-1988) New York - North Carolina, African American. Important Black Americana modernist art collage on paper. Young Romare grew up in New York City and was influenced during the Harlem Renaissance era. Artwork titled: "A Land Beyond The River". Circa 1957. Playwright Mr. Loften Mitchell and Romare Bearden became friends and artistic collaborators while both were social workers in the New York City Department of Welfare. This is one of Mr. Bearden's earliest known art collage examples and is considered a very important work by the artist. The motifs found in this Southern drama will re-appear often in Bearden's later works.The flattened silhouette of hands, flame and mother and child. This very work was created by Bearden for Mr. Mitchell's play titled "A Land Beyond The River" as a promotional imagery. The piece is accompanied with a letter from the Mitchell family confirming the history of this museum quality piece. Investment worthy. Hand signed by the artist in ink, lower right, Bearden. Original mixed media art collage with various colored papers, with pencil and red ink. Mounted on cream wove paper. Measures approximately 11" x 22" inches (27.94 cm. x 55.88 cm.). Frame size 14.5" x 26" , having normal storage related wear. Public Literature; The Art of Romare Bearden National Gallery of Art, 2004 p.256/note #92* . Provenance: Direct gift from the artist; Loften Mitchell, New York; thence by descent to the present owner. Exhibited: ACA Galleries, New York; Vered Gallery, East Hampton, having labels on verso. Hill Auction Gallery in house continental USA domestic shipping $200 plus insurance.