February 08, 2020 09:00 AM EST Asheville, North Carolina


Bob Thompson

(Kentucky/New York/Rome, 1937-1966)

Riders on Horseback, 1959, signed verso canvas "Bob Thomp./59", oil on canvas, 28 x 36 in.; floated in modern custom wooden frame by Myotte, 36-1/2 x 44-1/2 in.

Note: This lot also includes the catalog that accompanied a major retrospective of Thompson's work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.  Thompson's life and art embraced the conflation of styles and norms that seem to characterize post war America. His work is both abstract and figurative.  The beat scene he inhabited was creating new rules in both life and art.  Curators of his retrospective would argue that the work of this African-American artist was at the forefront of a new identity, one that was neither uniquely black nor universal.

Provenance:Purchased at Toomey Treadway Dec 6, 2014


restretched, draw crackle, copy of the restoration work done August 11, 2015 from Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. NY, NY reads "Relax canvas, reinforce tacking edges and restretch onto a new stretcher with no crossbars, lightly clean and retouch a few spots". re-framed in Atlanta by Myotte


Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
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