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Robert LaVigne dies at 85; artist painted central Beat figures
Robert LaVigne dies at 85; artist painted central Beat figures

Robert LaVigne, an artist and set designer whose subjects and collaborators included many of the central figures of the Beat movement, including Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Robert Creeley, died Feb. 20 in Seattle. He was 85. LaVigne had been in poor health after a number of strokes, said his friend Joe Lee. An Idaho native, LaVigne moved to San Francisco around 1951 and became an important member of the bohemian subculture that soon flourished there. The painter among poets, he created portraits of many of its luminaries, including Philip Whalen, Kerouac and Creeley, made poet Philip Lamantia a floor-length cape to wear for a "Mad Monster Poets' Reading," and...

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