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Boston Massacre

Art © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Boston Massacre

Artist: Larry Rivers (American, 1923–2002)
Culture: American
Date: 1970
Medium: Screenprint with embossing and collage on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 19 1/4 x 27 3/4 inches (48.9 x 70.5 cm)
State: 103
Edition: 150
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of C.N.L. Properties
Label Text:Recognized as the “Godfather of Pop Art,” Larry Rivers often infused Pop elements into his many depictions of historical world events. This series is based on the Boston Massacre, a 1770 conflict in which British army soldiers fired muskets into a crowd of American colonists, killing five civilians. The prints’ bold, neon highlights and backgrounds contrast greatly with their violent content, creating incongruous imagery. Produced on the event’s bicentennial, this series of prints connects a seminal moment in American history with ongoing struggles for freedom within the United States, including the Civil Rights era and the Vietnam War.





Object number: 1979.36.2