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 Bob (Robert Louis) Thompson  (1937 - 1966)

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Lived/Active: Kentucky/New York/Massachusetts / Italy      Known for: figurative expressionist, religion

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BIOGRAPHY for Bob Thompson
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Birth
1937 (Louisville, Kentucky)
 
Death
1966 (Rome, Italy)

Lived/Active
Kentucky/New York/Massachusetts / Italy


Self portrait - Self-portrait with Carol


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figurative expressionist, religion

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Black American Artists
Fauves/Fauvism
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 (showing 500 of 18317 characters).



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