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Larry Rivers' distinctive style merged drawing into painting, leaving unfinished passages and remnants of lines drawn with graphite. In the 1950s, many of Rivers' portraits were considered hightly provocative, because he often chose to depict his subjects life-sized and naked. In this small...

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Provenance

The artist. By 1994, with Melvin N. Blake (b. 1927 – d. 1999) and Frank M. Purnell (b. 1930 – d. 1994), New York; gift of the estate of Melvin Blake to MFA, Boston, January 22, 2003

Credit Line

Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell Collection

Copyright

© Estate of Larry Rivers

1955

Dimensions

Height x width: 13 x 25 in. (33 x 63.5 cm)

Accession Number

2003.44

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Contemporary Art

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