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Larry Rivers





 

Larry Rivers

born August 17, 1923, New York,New York, U.S.
died August 14, 2002, Southampton, New York


original name Yitzroch Loiza Grossberg American painter whose works frequently combined the vigorous, painterly brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism with the commercial images of the Pop art movement.

Rivers early developed an interest in jazz, and after briefly serving in the army during World War II he studied composition at the Juilliard School of Music. One of his classmates there was Miles Davis, who introduced him to other jazz musicians, and Rivers was soon touring the UnitedStates with different groups as a jazz saxophonist. In 1945, however, he was given a book on modern art and quickly discovered he had a natural talent for painting. From 1947 to 1948 he studied in the New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts, school of the prominent Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann. Rivers later studied at New York University College, graduating in 1951. His early paintings were exhibited in New York City in 1949.

Rivers's first major work was The Burial (1951), a grim depiction of his grandmother's funeral, based on the Burial atOrnans by Gustave Courbet. His Washington Crossing the Delaware (1953) was based on the familiar work by a 19th-century American painter, Emanuel Leutze. Though criticized for its banal subject matter and mixture of styles, the painting nonetheless attracted widespread attention. From 1951 to 1957 he made a series of portraits of his mother-in-law, of which the harshly realistic Double Portrait of Berdie (1955) is perhaps best known.

Rivers's works were characterized by competent draftsmanship, a fine sense of colour, and the frequent use of complex, fragmentary, and multiple views. Beginning in 1961, commercial images, such as cigarette packages, figured prominently in his pictures, which, after 1963, frequently had elements of collage, construction, and sculpture. A particularly elaborate example of such mixed-media works was The History of the Russian Revolution: From Marx to Mayakovsky (1965), which had some 30 individual paintings and included, among other objects, a machine gun. His autobiography, What Did I Do? (cowritten with Arnold Weinstein), was published in 1992.
 




 


Amistad entre America y Francia (Kennedy y de Gaulle)

 


Europa I

 


The Last Civil War Veteran

 


Dutch Masters

 


Untitled

 


The Accident

 


Camels
1962

 


Self Portrait

 

 


Whose Lips are these?

1969

 


French Money

1963

 


Open Camel

1978

 


Orange Valentine II

 


Fashion and The Fish

 


Culture Boxes: Willem DeKooning

1992

 


Culture Boxes: Self-Portrait

1992

 


Culture Boxes: Opera Divas

1992

 


Culture Boxes: Norman Mailer

1992

 


Work & Portrait of Red Grooms

1986

 


Webster

1983

 


Matisse with a model

1986

 


Jack Kerouac

 


Drugstore

1959

 


For the Pleasures of Fashion

 


May Opening, National

 


"Parts of the Face" Polish Vocabulary Lesson

 


Big B Signs Up

1976

 


Head of a Man

 


Tanfastic Dark- Tanning

1970

 


Popcorn

 


Rainbow Rider

 


Red Room in Charcoal

1997

 


I Am Coming, Henry Henry

1971

 


Early Chaplin

 


Madame Butterfly

1978

 


Olga Twice

1981

 


Make Believe Ballroom

1989

 


Drawn From The Collection

 


Amboselli Elephants

 


Stravinsky

1967

 


Bronx Zoo

1983

 


Man's Head

 


Lisa Stroud

1978

 


Reclining Figure

 


V - 8

1958

 


Fred and Ginger

1999

 

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