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    Sale 1904

    Post War and Contemporary Art Morning Session

    14 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 131

    Larry Rivers (1923-2002)

    Buick Painting

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    Larry Rivers (1923-2002)
    Buick Painting
    signed, titled and dated '"Buick Painting" Rivers '60' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    48 x 60 in. (121.9 x 152.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1960.

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    "In 1958 and 1959, Rivers for a brief interval, began to take on the unequivocal look of an Action painter. He enlarged and simplified his images, and came under the influence of Franz Kline, flooding his surfaces with large homogenous areas of dark tone. The new turn in style was to culminate two years later in the painterly fullness and broad elisions of Buick Painting with P and Ford Truck Painting, works that state their message in simple powerful movements through meaty blocks of paint, without recourse to a more usual linear intricacy. Both of these potent images anticipate by two years the isolation of magnified signs and emblems of popular culture that were soon to dominate an important aspect of American imagist art" (S. Hunter, Larry Rivers, Barcelona, 1989, p. 47).


    Galerie Rive Droite, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner


    Brussels, Societe Auxilaire des Expositions du Palais des Beaux-Arts, Pop Art-Nouveau Réalisme, February-March 1965.