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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.




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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Bob Thompson


Beach of Silenus


United States


Made 1964


Acrylic on cream wove paper with commercially printed text


261 x 276 mm

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Gift of Lannan Foundation

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