Larry RIVERS |
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United States (USA) 1923 - 2002
American painter whose works frequently combined the vigorous, painterly brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism with the commercial images of the Pop art movement.
Born in 1923 in the Bronx, New York, as Larry Grossberg. In 1940 he began a musical career as a jazz saxophonist and changed his name to Larry Rivers.
Rivers studied composition at the Juilliard School of Music and was a professional jazz saxophonist.His first encounter with fine art was through a musical motif based on a painting by Georges Braque. He began painting in 1945. From 1947 to 1948 he studied in the New York City and Provincetown, Mass., school of the prominent Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann.. In 1948 he studied under William Baziotes at New York University and met Willem de Kooning. In 1949 he had his first one-man exhibition at the Jane Street Gallery, New York.In the 1950s, he became one of the first artists to explore the figurative style which follows abstract expressionism.
In 1951 he graduated in art from New York University and met Jackson Pollock. His early paintings were exhibited in New York City in 1949. Rivers' first major work was "The Burial" (1951), a gri ...
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