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.
washington crossing the avant-garde
May 12, 2016