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WAYNE THIEBAUD (1920-2021) early watercolor painting by Pop Art master

WAYNE THIEBAUD (1920-2021) early watercolor painting by Pop Art master


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A very early original work, 1948, by famous California-based Pop Art master WAYNE THIEBAUD (1920-2021): a caricature of a man, seen in profile, executed in a cartoonish style, in grays, white and black. The piece (14 1/2" by 12" within the mat) is signed by the artist at lower left center, and dated nearby. There is a horizontal fold as shown, and some discoloration of the paper at right, along the fold. Accompanying the work is an original letter to me, from the Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery of San Francisco, dated November 15, 2000. In that letter, the gallery confirms that the artist was shown a photo of the work and confirmed it as his own. Around the time that this drawing was created, Thiebaud was working as a cartoonist, having apprenticed for the Walt Disney Company. By the early 1960's, he had his first solo exhibition in San Francisco. Shortly, he began to attract the attention of major New York galleries. Thiebaud became friendly with de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Franz Kline and other giants of the contemporary post-war art world. The sixties and seventies saw a maturation of his style, in which he depicted common objects such as gumball machines, pies in display cases, ice cream cones, and, sometimes, figures, in bright colors against simplified backgrounds, with generous application of paint. He also painted vertiginous urban landscapes in a distinctive, immediately recognizable manner that, along with the ice cream cones and pies, went on to become his trademark subject matter. In 2020 a painting by Thiebaud exceeded $19 million at Christie's auction, thereby placing the artist permanently among the most major of contemporary "Pop Art" artists. For many years a teacher at University of California, Davis, Thiebaud died in 2021 at the remarkable age of 101.