Kenyon College

Myrtle St. Playground #1


Richard Yarde
(American, 1939-2011)

Myrtle St. Playground #1, 1976.
Watercolor on paper.
27 x 21 1/2 inches.
Gund Gallery Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund ’63.

Richard Yarde is known for his large-scale watercolor paintings that brilliantly depict the various stages of his life, from his early explorations of African-American culture to the documentation of his terminal illness. His work captures the entire range of human
experience, evoking feelings of isolation, perseverance, triumph and joy. Yarde transformed the traditionally intimate medium of watercolor with his use of compositional grid patterns and vibrant colors. Influenced by his seamstress mother’s quilts, his work employs biographical symbolism in order to provide physical, cultural, intellectual and spiritual healing.



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