Larry Rivers was a New York School painter, sculptor, poet, and musician, considered by many scholars to be the “Godfather” and “Grandfather” of Pop art. As one of the first artists to merge narrative and abstract elements, Rivers artwork typically blend text and figuration in murky oil washes and broad gestural work, which bordered Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art.
During the 1950’s, Rivers began a sustained engagement with canonical paintings, imaginatively connecting contemporary art with art history. DutchMasters II was inspired by a cigar box that depicted Rembrandt’s 1662 painting The Syndics of the Clothmakers’ Guild. This complex and brilliantly playful canvas borders past art and modernism while poking fun at both.
Other works from the painted and editioned series are in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.