Wayne Thiebaud (1920 - )

Biography


Born in Mesa, Arizona in 1920, Wayne Thiebaud spent much of his early life in Long Beach, California. He began his career in commercial art and planned to go into advertising. From 1938 to 1949, Thiebaud worked as a sign painter, illustrator, cartoonist and publicity manager, as well as an artist for Hollywood film studios. It is not difficult to detect the influence that this commercial experience had on his later paintings; his most characteristic work depicts consumer objects, often pies and cakes, as they are seen displayed in drug store windows.

From 1949 to 1950, Thiebaud studied at San Jose State University and, from 1950 to 1953, at California State University in Sacramento. He had his first solo exhibition at the Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, in 1951. From 1956 to 1957, the artist lived briefly in New York City, where he became close friends with the Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning. After teaching for nine years as a visiting professor at renowned universities around the country, he accepted a professorship at the University of California at Davis in 1960. 1962 marked the first exhibition of his work in New York, where he showed at the Allan Stone Gallery, as well as his first one-person museum show at the De Young Museum, San Francisco.

Thiebaud has been associated with Pop Art, yet his early work slightly predates that of the classic pop artists, suggesting that he may in fact have had a great influence on the movement. His work possesses a nostalgic sentimentality that Pop Art traditionally lacks, and owes more to Thiebaud’s study of historical still life masters than to contemporary art movements. The true to life representation in his work marks him as a predecessor of photorealism. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included. Objects are simplified into basic units, but appear varied using seemingly minimal means. Giorgio Morandi, whose contemplative, palpable and delicate works share many characteristics with those of Thiebaud, is commonly cited as an artistic influence.

Thiebaud’s paintings can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as many others in the United States and abroad. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994. In 2001, the Whitney Museum of American Art honored Thiebaud with the most comprehensive retrospective of his work to date.

Wayne Thiebaud currently lives and works in Sacramento, California.

Wayne Thiebaud, Eyeglasses, 1994

Wayne Thiebaud
Eyeglasses, 1994
Drypoint etching
Image size: 15.5 X 17.25
Framed size: 22.25 X 24.75
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Wayne Thiebaud, BBQ Beef 32/50, 1970

Wayne Thiebaud
BBQ Beef 32/50, 1970
Screen print
Image size: 22.25 X 29.75
Framed size: 31.25 X 38.75
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Wayne Thiebaud, The Physiology Of Taste: Café Sketches 19/20, 1994

Wayne Thiebaud
The Physiology of Taste: Café Sketches 19/20, 1994
Lithograph
Image size: 14.75 X 10.25
Framed size: 27.5 X 25.5
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Wayne Thiebaud, The Physiology Of Taste: Café Sketches 19/20, 1994

Wayne Thiebaud
The Physiology of Taste: Café Sketches 19/20, 1994
Lithograph
Image size: 14.75 X 10.25
Framed size: 27.5 X 25.5
$4000 Now $2500


Exhibition Posters

Wayne Thiebaud Apartment Hill

Wayne Thiebaud
Apartment Hill, c. 2005
Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO
Out of print lithograph
18 X 12
$75

Wayne Thiebaud Four Cakes

Wayne Thiebaud
Four Cakes, 1986
Graystone
Out of print exhibition poster
Image size: 28 X 28
$150

Wayne Thiebaud Celebration Cakes

Wayne Thiebaud
Celebration Cakes, 1992
University of California 125th Anniversary 1992 – 1993
Out of print exhibition poster
Image size: 36 X 24
$100

Wayne Thiebaud Ponds and Streams

Wayne Thiebaud
Ponds & Streams, 2001
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Exhibition poster
36 X 26
$75

Wayne Thiebaud Civic Center

Wayne Thiebaud
Civic Center, 1989
American Academy of Achievement 28th Annual Salute to Excellence, San Francisco, CA
Image size: 34 X 22
Out of print exhibition poster
$50

Wayne Thiebaud Three Machines

Wayne Thiebaud
Three Machines, 2005
de Young Museum, San Francisco
Exhibition poster
Image size: 26 X 36
$80

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Sold Archive

Wayne Thiebaud, Dark Country City AP 9, 1988

Wayne Thiebaud
Dark Country City AP 9, 1988
Color aquatint with soft ground etching and dry point
Image size: 21.75 X 31.5
Frame size: 35 X 44
SOLD

Wayne Thiebaud, Paint Cans, 1990

Wayne Thiebaud
Paint Cans, 1990
Limited Edition Lithograph
Image size: 29.5 X 23
Frame size: 41 X 33.5
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Wayne Thiebaud, Freeway Buildings 7/35, 1998

Wayne Thiebaud
Freeway Building 7/35, 1998
Drypoint
Image size: 7 X 7
Framed size: 16.25 X 15.75
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Wayne Thiebaud, River Turns, 1998/2011 7/40

Wayne Thiebaud
River Turns, 1998/2011
Lithograph
Image size: 10 X 16
Framed size: 16.5 X 21.5
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Wayne Thiebaud, River Edge, 1997  1/35

Wayne Thiebaud
River Edge, 1997  1/35
Etching
Image size: 14.75 X 14.75
Framed size: 26.5 X 26.5
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Wayne Thiebaud, Marina Ridge, 1997 14/35

Wayne Thiebaud
Marina Ridge, 1997 14/35
Etching
Image size: 11 X 9
Framed size: 25 X 21
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Wayne Thiebaud, Beach Group, 2002

Wayne Thiebaud
Beach Group, 2002 1/40
Etching
Image size: 6 X 8
Framed
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Wayne Thiebaud – Toy Box, 2002 34/40

Wayne Thiebaud
Toy Box, 2002  34/40
Etching
Image size: 6 X 6
Framed size: 17 X 16
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Wayne Thiebaud, A Cow And Its Shadow

Wayne Thiebaud
A Cow And Its Shadow, AP
Etching
Image size: 2 X 2
Framed size:
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Wayne Thiebaud, Three Nudes, 1951

Wayne Thiebaud
Three Nudes, 3/10
Lithograph
Image size: 14 X 10.75
Framed size:
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Wayne Thiebaud, Thiebaud At Seventy

Wayne Thiebaud
Thiebaud At Seventy: Hearst Art Gallery At Saint Mary’s College
Signed Exhibition Poster
Image size: 22 X 17
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Wayne Thiebaud Interior Figure

Wayne Thiebaud
Interior Figures, c. 1956
Oil on canvas
24 X 30
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