At a time when figuration was considered dead, Larry Rivers insisted that figurative art and portraiture remained relevant—even radical. The singular style he developed combined the force and gesture of Abstract Expressionism with perfectly rendered, representational imagery. His preferred subject matter—everyday objects like playing cards, cigarette packs, and foreign currency—together with his signature cool, ironic detachment, have caused some to regard Rivers as the forerunner of Pop Art.
Larry Rivers painting
Larry Rivers is one of the last affordable Pop artists left. Recently, Rivers’ works have become more desirable, and thus have achieved higher prices on the market. I believe, eventually, Rivers will join his friends and peers – Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Willem de Kooning – who are among the most coveted artists of the 20th century. Valentine Painting from 1959 has never been exhibited or widely published. Once major Rivers retrospectives are organized, this work will likely be sought after by scholars and institutions. In my opinion, this is one of the finest long-term investments LAMA has ever had the honor to represent.
– Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern & Contemporary Fine Art