Inscription

upper left: B Thompson '62; upper right reverse: B. Thompson / '62 Paris

Provenance

The artist [1937-1966], New York; his estate;[1] purchased 3 June 1998 by Mr. and Mrs. Barney Ebsworth, St. Louis; gift 2000 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1963
Probably Bob Thompson, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, 1963-1964, no cat.
1965
Figuration: Appel, Cruz, Goldberg, Johnson, Kreznar, Lane, Lobdell, Lopez, Milder, Thompson, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, 1965, no cat.
1969
Bob Thompson, Wollman Hall, New School Art Center, New York, 1969, no. 26.
1978
The World of Bob Thompson, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 1978, no. 7.
1983
Bob Thompson 1937-1966: Major Works of the 60's, Vanderwoude Tananbaum Gallery, New York, 1983, no. 4, repro.
1984
Underknown: Twelve Artists Re-Seen in 1984, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York, 1984, unnumbered checklist.
1986
Bob Thompson: MATRIX 90, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, 1986, unnumbered checklist.
1988
Bob Thompson, Vanderwoude Tananbaum, New York, 1988, no. 8.
1991
Bob Thompson: Major Paintings of the 1960's, Vanderwoude Tananbaum, 1991, no. 2.
1997
Bob Thompson: Heroes, Martyrs & Spectres, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, 1997, unnumbered checklist.
1998
Bob Thompson, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1998-1999, no. 83, repro.
2000
Twentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Seattle Art Museum, 2000, no. 70, repro.
Bibliography
1971
Landsell, Sarah. "Bob Thompson's Edens." The [Louisville] Courier-Journal & Times Magazine (21 February 1971): 23-24, repro.
1983
H[enry], G[errit]. "Bob Thompson." Art News 4 (April 1983): 161, 164.
1983
Wilson, Judith. "Myths and Memories: Bob Thompson." Art in America 71 (May 1983): 139-143, repro.
1985
Wilson, Judith. Sam Gilliam & Bob Thompson. Exh. brochure, South Campus Art Gallery, Miami Dade Community College, 1985.
1986
Crouch, Stanley. "Meteor in a Black Hat." The Village Voice 31 (2 December 1986): repro. 23, 28.
1988
L[yon], C[hristopher]. "Bob Thompson: Vanderwoude Tanabaum." Art News 8 (October 1988): 182, repro. (incorrectly identified as Sorcerer).
1998
Vetrocq, Marcia E. "Bob Thompson: Taking Liberties." Art News 12 (December 1998): 69.
2000
Twentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington; Seattle Art Museum, 2000: no. 70.
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