Bob Thompson / Homage to Nina Simone / 1965Bob Thompson
Homage to Nina Simone

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Creator Name: Thompson, Bob
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1937 - 1966
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Bob Thompson
Title: Homage to Nina Simone
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1965
Creation End Date: 1965
Creation Date: 1965
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.48 x W.72 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 89.83
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund

A year before his death at age twenty-eight, the African-American artist Bob Thompson painted this tribute to the jazz musician Nina Simone. The brightly colored silhouettes bounded by sinuous contours recall the work of the early 20th-century French painter Henri Matisse. Like Matisse, Thompson created idyllic landscapes containing relaxed nude figures. Here, the simplified interrelated forms suggest the rhythms and energy of Simone's music.

While living in Europe Thompson frequented museums, and he often based his compositions and themes on those of the old masters. Homage is a variation on Nicolas Poussin's Bacchanal with Lute-Player of about 1630, which Thompson had studied at the Louvre, in Paris.

AMICA ID: MIA_.89.83
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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