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Larry Rivers

Madame Butterfly, from the Metropolitan Opera Fine Art portfolio, 1978

Mixed planographic media on paper
22 3/4 × 30 1/2 in
57.8 × 77.5 cm
Edition 201/250
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Published by: the Metropolitan Opera and Circle Gallery, New York

Condition Reports: Toning verso; …

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Published by: the Metropolitan Opera and Circle Gallery, New York

Condition Reports: Toning verso; adhesive and adhesive abrasions along extreme edges verso; horizontal crease along the chin. Print Grade: 6/10. Sheet is loose. Unframed

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Signed, numbered, and dated in red pencil lower left, with publisher's stamp verso
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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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About the work
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Published by: the Metropolitan Opera and Circle Gallery, New York

Condition Reports: Toning verso; …

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Published by: the Metropolitan Opera and Circle Gallery, New York

Condition Reports: Toning verso; adhesive and adhesive abrasions along extreme edges verso; horizontal crease along the chin. Print Grade: 6/10. Sheet is loose. Unframed

Medium
Other
Signature
Signed, numbered, and dated in red pencil lower left, with publisher's stamp verso
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

Madame Butterfly, from the Metropolitan Opera Fine Art portfolio, 1978

Mixed planographic media on paper
22 3/4 × 30 1/2 in
57.8 × 77.5 cm
Edition 201/250
Bidding closed
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