Wayne Thiebaud : a paintings retrospective by Steven A. Nash with Adam Gopnik

Wayne Thiebaud : a paintings retrospective by Steven A. Nash with Adam Gopnik

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New York : Thames & Hudson, 2000. Hardcover. 215 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm. A nice clean copy with unmarked pages and firm binding.

WAYNE THIEBAUD : A Paintings Retrospective

Wayne Thiebaud has long been recognized as one of America's most prominent modern artists. Probably best known for his straightforward, deadpan still-life paintings of the 1960s traditionally linked with Pop Art, Thiebaud is identified by his brilliant palette, luscious handling of paint, and the intensity of light that lends a particularly "California" flavor to his images.

Derived from a continuing dialogue between realism and abstraction, seriousness and wit, sensuous pleasure and rigorous form, Thiebaud's art immerses viewers in the magic by which paint transforms itself into the things being described and back again. In addition to his well-known paintings of pies and cakes, contents of delicatessen counters, and other consumer goods, Thiebaud has also painted figure studies, cityscapes with vertiginous plunges that restructure space and perspective, and dramatically abstracted landscapes.

Published on the occasion of the artist's eightieth birthday and accompanying a major retrospective exhibition, this book brings together 120 of Thiebaud's most important paintings, watercolors, and pastels. Essays by Steven A. Nash and Adam Gopnik trace the course of his career from the 1950s, when he first began to emerge as a significant national artist. They assess Thiebaud's role in the history of American modernism and his place in the tradition of realism, and examine the surprisingly wide variety of art historical sources to which his paintings refer, including Chardin, Sargent, Hopper, Mondrian, Morandi, and Diebenkorn.

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