Larry Rivers, ‘Webster Flowers’, Christie's

Larry Rivers (1923-2002)

Webster Flowers

signed and dated 'Rivers '61' (lower right); signed and dated again and titled 'Webster Flowers Rivers '61' (on the reverse)

oil and charcoal on canvas

54 x 60 in. (137.1 x 152.4 cm.)

Executed in 1961.

Signature: signed and dated 'Rivers '61' (lower right); signed and dated again and titled 'Webster Flowers Rivers '61' (on the reverse)

Kestner-Gesellschaft Hannover, Bilder und Skulpturen, December 1980-February 1981, no. 40.

New York, The American Federation of Arts, Larry Rivers: Public and Private, December 1990-January 1992, p. 35, fig. 26 (illustrated in color).

Roslyn, Nassau County Museum of Art, Larry Rivers, August-November 1992.

Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

About Larry Rivers

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.”

American, 1923-2002, Bronx, New York, based in New York, Southampton, New York and Zihuatanejo, Mexico