Bob (Robert Louis) Thompson
(1937 - 1966)
Bob (Robert Louis) Thompson was active/lived in Kentucky, New York, Massachusetts / Italy. Bob Thompson is known for figurative expressionist painting, religion.
Self-portrait with Carol
Biography Bob (Robert Louis) Thompson
An African-American, Bob Thompson had success in the 1960s as an artist,
which was unusual for black artists of that era and led to his becoming
a pivotal figure for African-American artists and for art
historians. However, his life was cut short when he died in Rome
in 1966 just before his twenty-ninth birthday.
Thompson was a modernist who adapted Paul Gauguin's Fauvist use of interlocking
planes of bright colors. He often used Biblical subjects, and created an
effect of idealized, faceless figures. Among his paintings were Flagellation of Christ and St. George and the Dragon.
Living among avant-garde artists in New York City, where he briefly
had a studio on Rivington Stre
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