LaVigne, Robert, 1928-

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Artist, book illustrator, & theatrical designer; born in 1928.

From the description of Robert Lavigne papers, 1954-1969. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 606938645

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Robert LaVigne is a painter, illustrator, and theatrical set designer associated with the Beat Generation and poets of the San Francisco Renaissance.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED LaVigne was born in St. Maries Idaho in 1928, but moved to San Francisco in 1951. There he became associated with a number of poets and counter-culture figures centered around the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, including Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, and Peter Orlovsky.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED LaVigne met Orlovsky in a coffee shop in San Francisco and almost immediately took the younger man as his muse, bringing him to live with him as a model and lover. It was at LaVigne's studio that Allen Ginsberg first met and subsequently fell in love with Peter Orlovksy-- first his image in a large, nude portrait that LaVigne had painted, and then with the young man himself.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED In San Francisco LaVigne worked as a painter, illustrator and a set designer for the San Francisco Actors Workshop. He also worked as the Art Director of the Auerhahn Press-- a small fine press that focused on the work of the San Francisco Renaissance poets.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Like many members of the Beat Generation, LaVigne moved between coasts, leaving San Francisco for New York in the 1960s. While working in New York he was a pioneer of the painting style known as psychedelic painting, and continued to work in the theater, earning an Obie award for Best Design for his work on A Midsummer Nights Dream and Endicott and the Red Cross.

BIOGHIST REQUIRED LaVigne eventually returned to the west coast, moving to Seattle in the early 1980s.

From the guide to the Robert LaVigne Papers, 1954-1969., (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Keenan, Larry. Larry Keenan, Jr. photograph archive [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. Jack Kerouac letters, 1945-1969. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Lavigne, Robert. Robert Lavigne papers, 1954-1969. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Rosenthal, Irving, 1930-. Irving Rosenthal papers, ca. 1950-1996. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Robert LaVigne Papers, 1954-1969. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn John Wieners publisher's files for, The Hotel Wentley Poems, 1963-1971, 1965 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. Archive for Ginsberg's "The moments return", 1970. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Irving Rosenthal papers, ca. 1950-1996 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. Allen Ginsberg papers, 1944-1991. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. Allen Ginsberg papers, 1937-1994. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Robert A. Wilson collection, 1906-2011 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
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associatedWith Aldan, Daisy. person
associatedWith Artaud, Antonin, 1896-1948. person
associatedWith Cassady, Neal. person
associatedWith Cassady, Neal. person
associatedWith Connor, Bruce. person
associatedWith Corso, Gregory. person
associatedWith Dine, Jin, 1935- person
associatedWith Doyle, Kirby. person
associatedWith Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. person
associatedWith Ginsberg, Louis, 1895-1976. person
associatedWith Haselwood, David. person
associatedWith Keenan, Larry. person
associatedWith Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969. person
associatedWith Lamantia, Philip, 1927-2005. person
associatedWith Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. person
associatedWith Malanga, Gerard. person
associatedWith Malanga, Gerard. person
associatedWith McClure, Michael. person
associatedWith McClure, Michael. person
associatedWith Olson, Charles, 1910-1970. person
associatedWith Orlovsky, Peter, 1933- person
associatedWith Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973. person
associatedWith Plymell, Charles. person
associatedWith Plymell, Charles. person
associatedWith Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905-1982. person
associatedWith Rosenthal, Irving, 1930- person
associatedWith Sanders, Ed. person
associatedWith Welch, Lew. person
associatedWith Whalen, Philip. person
associatedWith Whalen, Philip. person
associatedWith Wieners, John, 1934-2002. person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- person
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United States
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Poets, American--20th century
Beats
Bohemianism--United States
American literature--20th century
Beat generation
Authors, American--20th century
Avant-garde art
Literature, experimental
Illustration of books
Poetry, Modern--20th century
American poetry--20th century
Theater
Bohemianism
Arts
Occupation
Illustrator
Artists
Designer
Poets
Authors
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