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Bernard Harmon
Modern Man, Portrait of man in Red, White, and Blue , African American Art

1975

$18,000

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"Modern Man" is a painting by Philadelphia born Expressionist painter Bernard Harmon. The 40" x 36" oil on canvas portrait features a young African American man posing casually and seemingly in quiet contemplation. The work is painted predominately in Red, White, and Blue, connecting the portrait to a strong sense of patriotism. The painting is framed in a new, black wood frame. Bernard Harmon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1935. Harmon was primarily a portrait painter and a well loved teacher in the Philadelphia area. A graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School and Temples Tyler School of Art, Harmon traveled extensively in Europe and South America. Beloved by many, Harmon taught in the Philadelphia School District for 32 of his 54 years of life. Beginning his career as an art teacher at West Philadelphia High School, in the early 1960s he became one of the district's artists in residence, traveling from school to school to demonstrate for students how an artist works. Returning to the classroom, Harmon joined the art department at Central High School where he taught for 14 years and became an innovator in art curriculum, developing a program offering advanced placement art classes to gifted students. In his final years Harmon became a supervisor, mentoring teachers and overseeing programs in the Philadelphia school systems District #1. During his short life Harmon taught collage preparatory art classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, summer classes at the University of the Arts, and a Saturday program for gifted children at Drexel University. Among Harmon's portraits were commissioned by Philadelphia Jazz organist Jimmy Smith and Mayor Richardson Dilworth. Bernard Harmon was active in promoting African American Artist throughout his life time. He organized many early shows such as the "Afro American Artists 1800 - 1969" at the Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center in 1969. He was considered a Renaissance man by friends and colleagues for his interests not only in art but music and theater as well. He was familiar and friends with many other African American artists such as Doc Thrash, Selma Burke, Paul Keene Jr. , Allen Freelon and Charles Searles. Harmon's work reflects his love of his students and friends. His work has a loose expressionist style that can be related to the work of Alice Kneel . A 2016 exhibition at Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio was one of the largest offerings of Bernard Harmons work in many years.

Details

  • Creator
    Bernard Harmon (1935 - 1989)
  • Creation Year
    1975
  • Dimensions
    Height: 48 in. (121.92 cm)Width: 44 in. (111.76 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    The painting has been cleaned, varnished, and framed. Additional shipping options are available upon request.
  • Gallery Location
    Doylestown, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU140227265312

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    Ships From: Doylestown, PA
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