Wayne Thiebaud

​Best known for his paintings of cakes, pies, pastries, and toys, Wayne Thiebaud hadn’t planned on becoming a visual artist. He apprenticed as a cartoonist at Walt Disney studios and intended to work as a commercial illustrator, but his friend Robert Mallary turned him towards a career in fine art. Thiebaud was friendly with Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning, but avoided their Abstract Expressionism in favor of a figural style. Though Thiebaud is most often grouped with the Pop art movement for his subject matter, the artist considers himself “just an old fashioned painter,” and “not a card carrying Pop artist.” He remains best known for his still lifes of confections—sometimes painted from his own memories—which he considers interpretations of “Americanness.” In his works, objects and their shadows are characteristically outlined in multiple colors, creating a visual effect Thiebaud calls akin to vibration.

American, b. 1920, Mesa, Arizona, based in San Francisco, California

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Wayne Thiebaud

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Linoleum cut in colors on Arches wove paper
Annotated A.P. lower left & signed Thiebaud lower right
A unique proof apart from the edition of 50
From the Seven Still Lifes and a Silver Landscape portfolio
published by Parasol Press.
Printer: Hidalgo Arnera
This is an artist’s proof printed in 5 colors by Hidalgo Arnéra.
The edition by Wayne Thiebaud
was made as a reductive linocut in 6 colors
30 x 221/4 inches
1970-71
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