Double Portrait of Berdie, 1955
Oil, fabricated chalk and charcoal on linen
Larry Rivers depicts his mother-in-law who was his primary model at the time, while she was living with Rivers and her daughter in Southampton, New York. Admiration of the artist’s style, brushwork and palette equals my surprise to learn about his relationship with the model. I’m thinking how strange to use your mother-in-law of all people, as a sitter for your nudes.
September 10th, 2016 at the Whitney