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  • Provenance

    Frank Lobdell (acquired directly from the artist in 1960)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

  • Exhibited

    Richmond Art Center, Closely Considered: Diebenkorn in Berkley, September 14 - November 16, 2014, no. 5, n.p. (illustrated, n.p.)

  • Literature

    Jane Livingston and Andrea Liguori, eds., Richard Diebenkorn: The Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 3, New Haven, 2016, no. 2004 (illustrated, p. 127)

  • Artist Biography

    Richard Diebenkorn

    Wholly devoted to painting, Richard Diebenkorn created artworks that often hovered between abstraction and figuration and were committed to exploring the inadequacies of the artform as well as celebrating its triumphs. Diebenkorn pioneered a quintessentially Californian style of abstraction lauded for its lyrical geometry and originally conceived during an epiphanic experience viewing the landscape from an aerial perspective: these paintings are neither fully representational nor abstract, but can be viewed as exploring the interstices between the two concepts and articulating the material experience of life in California. Although these works cemented the artist’s status as one of the premier painters of the postwar era, Diebenkorn oscillated between figuration and abstraction for the entirety of his career, achieving great successes with each new series; he is considered one of the founding members of the Bay Area Figurative Movement and his renowned Ocean Park paintings are considered chief accomplishments of postwar abstraction.

    Diebenkorn’s works betray the painstaking process of their creation. The laborious and contemplative nature of his practice shines through the richly rendered color and translucent striations of drawing, ethereal totems of the artist’s effort. Diebenkorn is considered an essential American abstractionist and his work is represented in many of the most important institutions in the country, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. 

     
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Untitled

signed with the artist's initials and dated "RD 56" lower right
Conté, charcoal, ink and paper tape on joined paper
12 3/4 x 11 in. (32.4 x 27.9 cm.)
Executed in 1956.

Estimate
$15,000 - 20,000 

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New York Auction 24 September 2019