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Richard Yarde (b.1939) is one of America’s great watercolorists, recognized for his ability to produce large-scale works of brilliant color on a mercurial medium.  A professor of art at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1990, the Boston-bred and raised artist paints city and African-American city dwellers, reflecting his personal experience.  

Known for images that range from evocative to lyrical, from portrait studies to complex figurative compositions, Yarde has painted a variety of subject matter including famous black personalities and his acclaimed Harlem Savoy Ballroom installation.  Sometimes he entices us into private worlds, rich with abstract patterns and monochromatic planes, and at other times he offers tantalizing snatches of time and action.

Yarde’s paintings are owned by many prestigious institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  His works have also been shown in museums and galleries in Paris, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Hartford and other metropolitan cities.



Savoy Dancers, #1 (Shorty), 1981
watercolor on paper
29 1/2" x 41 1/2"

Lady Day, 1980
pen and ink with watercolor and collage
26" x 20"

Porkpie Hat (Lester Young), 1979
watercolor on paper
16" x 12"

The Erskine Hawkins Band, 1983
watercolor on paper
41 1/2" x 69 3/4"

The Birthday (Trombone Man), 1982
watercolor on paper
29 3/4" x 22"

The Living Room (Aquarium), 1982
watercolor on paper
22" x 36"


Available Works by Richard Yarde

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