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The Judgement

Bob Thompson was an African American painter whose death in 1966 at the age of twenty-nine cut short an already accomplished career. Maturing in the late 1950s, he sought to fuse Abstract Expressionism with an imagery that was a marriage of classical themes and private fantasies. He turned to the brilliant and chaotic imagery of the French Fauve painters and studied Old Master artists on trips to Europe. He was able to integrate these influences into a distinctive personal style of figural expressionism. The Judgment invokes religious themes with its nude angels presiding over the judged figures at right.

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