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Larry Rivers

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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Larry Rivers as featured in The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. Framed as shown in alternate images. Comes with a copy of the book signed by the illustrator.

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As he appears in the text:

“Frank O’Hara and Larry Rivers first met at John Ashbery’s Christmas party in 1950. For the next sixteen years, the two were intermittently lovers, collaborators, and steadfast friends. Their letters suggest Frank was more smitten, but both prioritized their artistic connection. ‘My devotion to you and your work,’ Frank wrote, ‘will always be strong and important to me no matter how what happens or has happened affects your friendship for me.’ Larry painted naked portraits of Frank. Frank included Larry as a recurring fixture in his poetry. The two collaborated on a book of poems and lithographs called Stones. When Frank was tragically killed at the age of forty, Larry delivered a bitter and passionate eulogy.”

Read more about The Art of the Affair, by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon. ︎︎︎