A frontal portrait of David Sylvester depicted seated.
Mr Art (Portrait of David Sylvester) by Larry Rivers, 1962
© Larry Rivers/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2005
- Oil on canvas
- 183 x 137 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £40,000 ( Total: £105,560)
- Acquired in:
- Richard Gray Gallery
The portrait demonstrates the apparently spontaneous brushwork that Rivers adapted from the Abstract Impressionists allied with carefully-observed figuration. Mr Art is a rare example of Rivers' portrait work, and is evidence of the many congruities between artist and sitter. They shared a Russian Jewish heritage and were both nonconformist, perfectionist and unwilling to settle for second-best.
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York; Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York; Richard Himmel, Chicago; Private Collection, USA; Richard Gray Gallery, New York.