Stripperama No.3, 1964 signed 'R.L. / 64' lower right synthetic polymer paint on hardboard 91.5 x 122cm (36 x 48 1/16in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased from Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne in September 1991
EXHIBITED: Paintings - Richard Larter, Watters Gallery, Sydney, 1-18 September 1965, cat. no. 2 (the artist's first solo show) An Exhibition At Two Venues To Celebrate Richard Larter's Seventieth Birthday, Watters Gallery, Sydney, 4-22 May 1999, cat. no. 11 Stripperama - Richard Larter, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 18 May - 28 July 2002; New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, New South Wales, 16 August - 6 October 2002 Richard Larter: a retrospective, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 20 June - 14 September 2008 Laverty 2, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, 14 May - 14 August 2011
LITERATURE: Stripperama - Richard Larter, exh. cat., Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2002 (illus. cover) The Age, 21 May 2002, p.3 (illus.) Linda Sproul, 'Stripperama - Richard Larter', Art Monthly Australia, August 2002, no. 152, p.28 Ron Ramsey and Deborah Hart, 'The Laverty Collection - an interview with Colin & Liz Laverty', Artonview, National Gallery of Australia magazine, Summer 2003-2004, p.44 (illus.) Deborah Hart, Richard Larter: a retrospective, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2008, p.14 (illus. detail) 'Richard Larter: a retrospective, 20 June - 14 September 2008, Orde Poynton Gallery and Project Gallery', Artonview, issue no. 54, winter, 2008, p22 (illus.) Laverty 2, exh. cat., Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, 2011, p. 4 (illus.)
[Like Matisse,] Larter's interest in the female form was a recurring source of fascination in a wide range of states of dress and undress. He often worked on series of paintings, experimenting with a variety of approaches to the same idea. In the 1950s Richard and Pat Larter had attended strip shows in London and Pat later enjoyed sending up the genre in performances of their own. In the Stripperama paintings Richard captured the idea of a gradual unfurling of the woman from clothed to semi-clothed to naked. The format of vertical frames recalls the photographs of successive movements produced by Eadweard Muybridge in the 1870s and 1880s but Larter points out that it was inspired by multiple perspectives in paintings by British artist John Bratby.
Deborah Hart, "A way of life: in pursuit of learning", in Richard Larter, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2008, pp 15-16; 23; 37; 111; 146 (published on the occasion of the exhibition Richard Larter: a retrospective 20 June 14 September 2008, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra).