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Larry Rivers

Birdie, 1954

Enamel
1 in
2.5 cm
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About the work
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Heritage Auctions

Condition report: Overall surface dust; scuffs and slight discoloration to the underside; one small …

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Condition report: Overall surface dust; scuffs and slight discoloration to the underside; one small chip with loss to the back right corner.

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Inscirbed to the underside: Rivers
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Larry Rivers
American, 1923–2002
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Painter, sculptor, poet, and musician Larry Rivers was an established figure in the New York School, recognized for creating large paintings merging abstract and narrative elements, as in Washington Crossing the Delaware (1953), where the general leads his men through a space defined by murky oil washes and broad gestural brushwork. Rivers studied in the late 1940s under Hans Hofmann, the artist often regarded as the grandfather of Abstract Expressionism, but he never abandoned figuration, his compositions often including human subjects and text, as in Vocabulary Lesson (Polish) (1964). Rivers’ work is often compared to that of postmodern artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and is considered an important precursor to Pop art. As Andy Warhol once said, “Larry’s painting style was unique—it wasn’t Abstract Expressionism and it wasn’t Pop, it fell into the period in between. But his personality was very Pop.”

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Heritage Auctions

Condition report: Overall surface dust; scuffs and slight discoloration to the underside; one small …

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Condition report: Overall surface dust; scuffs and slight discoloration to the underside; one small chip with loss to the back right corner.

Signature
Inscirbed to the underside: Rivers
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Larry Rivers
American, 1923–2002
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Painter, sculptor, poet, and musician Larry Rivers was an established figure in the New York School, recognized for creating large paintings merging abstract and narrative elements, as in Washington Crossing the Delaware (1953), where the general leads his men through a space defined by murky oil washes and broad gestural brushwork. Rivers studied in the late 1940s under Hans Hofmann, the artist often regarded as the grandfather of Abstract Expressionism, but he never abandoned figuration, his compositions often including human subjects and text, as in Vocabulary Lesson (Polish) (1964). Rivers’ work is often compared to that of postmodern artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, and is considered an important precursor to Pop art. As Andy Warhol once said, “Larry’s painting style was unique—it wasn’t Abstract Expressionism and it wasn’t Pop, it fell into the period in between. But his personality was very Pop.”

Larry Rivers

Birdie, 1954

Enamel
1 in
2.5 cm
Bidding closed
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