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HAYWOOD "BILL" RIVERS (1922 - 2002) Untitled.
Oil on linen canvas, 1951. 457x273 mm; 18x10 3/4 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower left.
Provenance: the estate of Haywood "Bill" Rivers; thence by descent to a private collection, California.
Haywood "Bill" Rivers painted this charming canvas during his Paris period, recalling domestic scenes from his family home in Morven, NC. Rivers left his family as a young teen and moved to Baltimore; he later moved to New York and studied at the Art Students League from 1946-49. Rivers soon left for Paris after being awarded a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship in 1948. There Rivers joined the collaborative Galerie Huite, an exhibition space founded by Robert Rosenwald, Julius's grandson, for American painters in Paris, including Al Held and Jules Olitski. He also studied at the École du Louvre in Paris from 1950-52. Rivers went on to receive other awards for his work, including the John Hay Whitney Fellowship in 1952 while his paintings became more abstract. His two solo exhibitions--in 1948, at the Baltimore Museum of Fine Art, and in 1983, at the Ann Weber Gallery in Georgetown, ME--bookend a long, distinguished career.