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Beach of Silenus

A work made of acrylic on cream wove paper with commercially printed text.

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  • A work made of acrylic on cream wove paper with commercially printed text.

Date:

1964

Artist:

Robert Thompson
American, 1937-1966

About this artwork

Robert Thompson appropriated compositions from Old European Masters, rearranging and integrating them with his own symbolic language and figural style. In his reconfiguration of established themes, he eliminated narrative content and instead created abstract patterns that loosely convey a feeling or an idea. The thick acrylic paint produces a dynamic, textured surface; flat, overlapping fields of color create linear and chromatic rhythms and planes advance and recede in space. Despite deriving inspiration from canonical works of art, Thompson’s improvisatoinsal working method demonstrates affinities with the post-bebop jazz of the 1960s.

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Artist

Bob Thompson

Title

Beach of Silenus

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1964

Medium

Acrylic on cream wove paper with commercially printed text

Dimensions

261 x 276 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Lannan Foundation

Reference Number

1997.124

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