Bob Thompson papers, 1949-2005

Thompson, Bob (Robert Louis), b. 1937 d. 1966
Active in New York, N.Y.; Provincetown, Mass.

Collection size: 1.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of figurative painter Bob Thompson measure 1.8 linear feet and date from 1949 to 2005. Thompson's career is documented through scattered biographical material; business correspondence between his wife Carol Thompson and various galleries, dealers, businesses, and friends; creative and editorial writings by Thompson as well as commemorative tributes and notes written by others; business records of the appraisal, sale, study, and exhibition of Thompson's work after his death; exhibition catalogs and publicity, news clippings, and other printed material; and photographs of the artist, exhibitions, and art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Bob Thompson (1937-1966) was a figurative painter in New York, N.Y.

The collection was donated by Elaine Plenda, the artist's sister-in-law, in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The papers were initially organized by Carol Thompson, Bob Thompson's wife.

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