Mythological figures in a landscape. A tribute to jazz musician Nina Simone.

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Homage to Nina Simone, 1965


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The John R. Van Derlip Fundexpand_more  89.83

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.



Bob Thompson, Homage to Nina Simone (#885)
Homage to Nina Simone
Artist Life
1937 - 1966
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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Mythological figures in a landscape. A tribute to jazz musician Nina Simone.

© Estate of Bob Thompson, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY