Bedroom

1955
Larry Rivers (American, 1923–2002)


Dimensions

85 x 71 1/2 in. (85 1/2 x 72 x 1 3/4 in. overall)

Accession Number

2003.46

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Paintings

Rivers’s work was never easy to categorize, although critics associated him with the Pop artists. His reinterpretation of classical and historical subjects often caused controversy, something the artist—and collectors—seemed to welcome. That delight in pushing the boundaries of convention carried over into the portraits of family and friends Rivers painted in the mid-1950s, particularly in his choice to show his subjects unclothed. Rivers’s distinctive style merged drawing into painting, leaving unfinished passages and remnants of lines drawn in graphite pencil visible on the finished work.

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