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Lot 6

Larry Rivers (1923-2002)

Larry Rivers (1923-2002)
Lot 6 Details
Larry Rivers (1923-2002), American


Colour lithograph and collage printed to the edges; signed and numbered 16/100 in pencil lower right
Sheet 28.9 ins x 19.9 ins; 73.4 cms x 50.5 cms

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

Realised: $2,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Larry Rivers (1923-2002)
  • Larry Rivers (1923-2002)
  • Larry Rivers (1923-2002)

Paul Becker Collection, Toronto label to frame;
Private Collection, Ontario


This mixed-media print is based on Larry Rivers’ same-titled painting of 1961. The subject of the painting was based on an article that appeared in Life Magazine in 1956 devoted to Albert Henry Woolson (February 11, 1850 – August 2, 1956), the old Rebel and last known surviving member of the Union Army who served in the American Civil War.  

The lot is accompanied by two sections of the The New York Times, National Edition, Monday, September 7, 2009, with Holland Cotter’s art review, headlined on the front page as: “Reconsidering Larry Rivers” and in The Arts section as “Last Chance/ Refurbished Reputation for a Nervy Painter,” pgs. C1 and C5, where Rivers' canvas “The Last Civil War Veteran” is featured in colour as the highlight of the solo show “Larry Rivers: 1950s/1960s” at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in Manhattan (ended September 13, 2009). There were two Civil War paintings in the exhibition; Cotter described them as “haunting little things” and “mock-patriotic paintings.” He cited “The Last Civil War Veteran” as Rivers’ most politically trenchant work.


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