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Larry Rivers
Study for 15 Years
Pencil and crayon on paper

16 5/8 x 13 7/8 inches
Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1977.35

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Excerpt from Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.:

Larry Rivers - Biography

Born Larry Grossberg in the Bronx, Rivers started his career as a jazz saxophonist in 1940. While studying at the Juillard in 1944, a fellow student reportedly introduced Rivers to the work of Georges Braques-sparking an interest in painting. In 1948, he enrolled in the art education program at New York University and received his degree in 1951.

Rivers is a versatile artist who has worked in a wide range of media. Recognized for his interest in historical images and themes, he has also produced a number of collaborative works with other artists, including poets Frank O’Hara and Kenneth Koch and sculptor Jean Tinguely. Additionally, Rivers has designed stage sets, for Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and for two of LeRoi Jones’s plays, and worked with Pierre Gaisseau on the television documentary "Africa and I."

Therese Thau Heyman Posters American Style (New York and Washington, D.C.: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with the National Museum of American Art, 1998)


Additional Information

Larry Rivers: Selected Biographies on Art in Context

Larry Rivers: Related Links on Art in Context


Larry Rivers, American, (1923–2002)
b. August 17, 1923, The Bronx, New York
d. 2002

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