Larry Rivers described this work as “glimpses of everything that’s happened to me from birth to the present.” He used a collage-like process to create the massive painting, first tacking old photographs of himself and his family to a large board in his studio, and then drawing, smudging, and erasing its images from his canvas. The result is a series of partial memories and partial concealments—a collection of signs and symbols, dreamy myths and deliberate absences, that are akin to reading the artist’s autobiography.



  • Title: Me
  • Creator: Larry Rivers
  • Date: 1959/1959
  • Location Created: New York City, NY, United States
  • Provenance: The artist, 1959; purchased by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., October 1959; Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. to The Chrysler Museum, 1971.
  • Physical Dimensions: 114 x 177 in. (289.6 x 449.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Estate of Larry Rivers / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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