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Larry Rivers (1923-2002)
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Larry Rivers (1923-2002)

Webster Flowers

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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.
Provenance
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
Exhibited
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.

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"Throughout his career [Rivers] has been drawn alternatively, and impartially, to the most casual aspects of ordinary existence and to the sacrosanct icons of the modern and old masters, to whose work, more often than not, he has given an irreverent and vernacular twist. He was also drawn to the human face and form and produced numerous individual and group portrait studies both of casual acquaintances, on commission, and of his own large circle of artistic and literary friends. Mainly, however, Rivers' art of nearly four decades offers the viewer the visual flow of everyday life." - Sam Hunter, Larry Rivers, Barcelona, 1989, p. 52).

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