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Bob Thompson

American, 1937–1966

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Bob Thompson

American, 1937–1966

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In his short career, Bob Thompson defied the midcentury American predilection for abstraction by channeling the political tumult and energy of the early 1960s into figurative paintings. Thompson started his mature body of work in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1958, making post-expressionist, symbolic paintings. Upon moving to New York shortly thereafter, he began reinterpreting European paintings from the Renaissance through the early 20th-century into parables of contemporary American life, touching on climate issues and the history of race relations. He achieved quick success with these Fauvist-style paintings, which feature bold juxtapositions of hot and cool colors to symbolize forces of good and evil, a quality echoed in his allegorical, occasionally mythological subject matter.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Biography

In his short career, Bob Thompson defied the midcentury American predilection for abstraction by channeling the political tumult and energy of the early 1960s into figurative paintings. Thompson started his mature body of work in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1958, making post-expressionist, symbolic paintings. Upon moving to New York shortly thereafter, he began reinterpreting European paintings from the Renaissance through the early 20th-century into parables of contemporary American life, touching on climate issues and the history of race relations. He achieved quick success with these Fauvist-style paintings, which feature bold juxtapositions of hot and cool colors to symbolize forces of good and evil, a quality echoed in his allegorical, occasionally mythological subject matter.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Bob Thompson
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Gives American Painters Bob Thompson and Louis Eilshemius Their Due
Sep 10th, 2015
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Gives American Painters Bob Thompson and Louis Eilshemius Their Due
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