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  • 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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Green Tree Spade, from Five Spades

1982
Etching and aquatint in colors, on J Whatman paper, with full margins.
I. 9 x 11 3/4 in. (22.9 x 29.8 cm)
S. 18 1/8 x 23 1/8 in. (46 x 58.7 cm)

Signed with initials, dated and numbered 22/35 in pencil (there were also 11 artist's proofs), published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco (with their blindstamp), framed.

Estimate
$3,500 - 4,500 

Sold for $5,000

Contact Specialist
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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 23 - 24 July 2020