A frontal portrait of David Sylvester depicted seated.

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.

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