Rivers’ appreciation of Fernand Léger is expressed in two paintings, Picnic (1985) and The Pleasant Picnic (1990). Picnic closely follows Léger’s La Partie de Champagne (The Country Outing) (1952/53), showing a congenial group at the edge of a river or somesuch body of water.
The Pleasant Picnic changes the scene. Now the picnickers are on the grass, and the water is in the background. Rivers also changed the coloration from blue to green.
See Larry Rivers. Picnic (1985) Graphite and Colored Crayon on paper, 59.5 x 79.7 in.; The Pleasant Picnic (1990). oil on paper mounted on canvas (59.5 x 79.7 in.)