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Creator Name: Rivers, Larry
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: b. 1923
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Larry Rivers
Title: The Studio
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1956
Creation End Date: 1956
Creation Date: 1956
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.82-1/2 x W.193-1/2 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 63.15
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund
Copyright: Art: © Artist or Artist's Estate/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Although influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, as this painting's size and gestural style reveal, Larry Rivers remained committed to portraying recognizable figures. Here he depicts a nude African-American woman and also friends and family (from left to right: the poet Frank O'Hara; Rivers's sons, Joseph and Steven; and his mother-in-law, Berdie). Rivers himself appears in the pinned-up drawing at the upper right.

This work refers to a masterpiece of a century earlier, The Painter's Studio, by the French realist painter Gustave Courbet. Like Courbet, Rivers examined his own artistic role and motivations by portraying his studio. TheAfrican-American woman holding a banner with the half-erased legend "Liberty" is an allusion to contemporary social and political problems.

AMICA ID: MIA_.63.15
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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