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Wayne Thiebaud Art

Wayne Thiebaud (USA, b. 1920)
Wayne Thiebaud (USA, b. 1920)

Wayne Thiebaud’s pastel-hued still-life paintings of baked goods, gumball machines, hot dogs and paint cans are often associated with the Pop art movement, thanks to the mass-cultural appeal of their content. Stylistically, however, Thiebaud eschews the precision found in the art of such Pop giants as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol in favor of a more painterly approach, not unlike that of the Italian modernist Giorgio Morandi, whose dreamy paintings of vessels and household objects are simple yet richly atmospheric.

Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona, in 1920 and grew up in Southern California from the age of six months. As a high schooler, he had a summer apprenticeship at Walt Disney Studios, which led to a stint as a graphic artist in the U.S. Army Air Forces’ First Motion Picture Unit during World War II. After the war, he attended the California State College at Sacramento on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and earning a master’s soon after. He went on to teach at the University of California, Davis, from 1960 to ’91.

In the late ’50s, time spent living in New York City proved crucial to Thiebaud’s career. There, he befriended Abstract Expressionist painters Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline and drew inspiration from the work of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Admiring the color and form on display in New York’s many bakeries, he began painting small canvases featuring rows of treats, which would become one of his central subjects. Though Thiebaud himself doesn’t identify as a Pop artist, the first major exhibition that brought him national renown was a seminal 1962 Pop show at the Sidney Janis Gallery in Manhattan. That same year, he was included in "New Painting of Common Objects” at the Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, which also featured paintings by Ed Ruscha and Jim Dine. Iconic works such as Pie Counter (1963) demonstrate Thiebaud’s signature treatment of commonplace items with the grandeur and scale of a landscape.

Thiebaud’s interest in exaggerated colors and vernacular subject matter — characteristics that call to mind images found in mid-century advertising — make him an intriguing figure occupying the hazy borderlands between fine and commercial art. Yet through a masterful handling of paint, evocative use of light and poignant sense of isolation, Thiebaud’s work is unquestionably thoughtful and singular. His later forays into landscape painting, as seen in Steep Street (1989) or Country City (1988), bring to bear his bold use of color on complex urban scenes.

Pieces by Thiebaud can be found in the collections of major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among many others. In 1994, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.

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Black Suckers
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
Portfolio: Seven Still Lifes and a Silver Landscape Printer: Kathan Brown Publisher: Parasol Press, Ltd. Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920...
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1970s Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Aquatint

City Views
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph printed in colors on wove paper. A superb, unsigned proof impression, apart from the signed and numbered edition of 35. Published by Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San ...
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2010s Post-War Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Lithograph

"Italian Desserts," Etching signed by Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Milwaukee, WI
An etching in red by American pop artist Wayne Thiebaud depicting six Italian desserts. This is #16 from the edition of 50. It is signed and dated in pencil lower right, and numbered...
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1970s Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching

Candy Counter
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
Classic candy counter work by American master Wayne Thiebaud, from a limited edition of 50. Signed by Thiebaud and numbered in pencil. Published by Parasol Press, New York.
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1970s Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Linocut

Sugar Cones
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
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 ...
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1960s Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Aquatint

Snack Bar
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
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 ...
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2010s Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Drypoint, Aquatint

Candy Counter
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Wayne Thiebaud is one of the most celebrated artists working today. Best known for painting everyday objects from gumball machines to bakeshop windows, Thiebaud uses tactile brushwor...
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1970s Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Linocut

Suckers, from Delights
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
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 an...
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1960s Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Aquatint

Little Red Suckers, Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
An iconic image, stunningly simple and enormously pleasing, Little Red Suckers is an original color aquatint created by Wayne Thiebaud that is hand-signed, dated and numbered in penc...
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20th Century Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Aquatint

Double Deckers, Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
Created in 1964 as part of the Delights portfolio, Café Table (Dispensers), by Wayne Thiebaud is an original etching on BFK Rives paper.  Signed, titled and dated in pencil, the artw...
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20th Century Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Drypoint

Tulip Sundae
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
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 ...
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2010s Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Drypoint, Aquatint

River Turns
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
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, and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Drypoint, Etching

Dark Chocolate
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in San Francisco, CA
This inviting print of a upside down dessert dripping with chocolate tempts the viewer. Cross-hatched lines in the background and foreground create an intimate space. Thiebaud is kno...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching

Dark Cake
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Miami, FL
Woodcut in colors on Japon paper. Hand signed and dated in pencil lower right corner. Hand numbered lower left corner. Published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco, with their blin...
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1980s Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Woodcut

Pies, Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
As one of 17 etchings in the portfolio, Delights, by Wayne Thiebaud, Pies was created by the artist in 1964 (and published in 1965).  It is hand-signed, dated, titled and numbered in...
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20th Century Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Down 18th, Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
Down 18th, created by Wayne Thiebaud as an etching in blue ink in 1979 is a view of the street of the same name in San Francisco.  This original print is hand-signed by the artist, d...
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20th Century Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching

Wayne Thiebaud, Untitled, Etching, 1962
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in London, GB
Etching on paper, 1962/64, signed and numbered E.A. from the edition of 60, printed by Atelier Georges Leblanc, Paris, published by Galleria Schwarz, Milan, 25.2 x 19.2 cm.
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1960s Modern Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching

Little Suckers, Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
A stunning example of the artist’s best printed work, Little Suckers is an aquatint created by Wayne Thiebaud that is hand-signed, dated and numbered in pencil.  The artwork measures...
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20th Century Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Bird on a Swing, from Recent Etchings I by Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Bird on a Swing" is a striking and quiet example of the Pop Art images of the artist Wayne Thiebaud, using his bright coloration for a single figure in an empty setting. The print c...
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1970s Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Aquatint, Etching

Tulip Sundae
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Heart Ridge
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
The images in Wayne Thiebaud's drypoints fill the space around them, carving into it. They are images of mountains. In one, only the mountaintop shows and a gigantic cloud is in the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Drypoint, Etching

Cone
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil.
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching

Invisible Cities.
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
THIEBAUD, Wayne. Invisible Cities. Text by Italo Calvino. Translated from the Italian with a new introduction by William Weaver. 164 pp. Illustrated with twelve drawings of site...
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1990s Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Paper

Candy Jar
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in San Francisco, CA
Image size: 10¾ x 8½"; paper size: 16¾ x 13½". Edition 25. Published by Crown Point Press
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21st Century and Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Drypoint

Crown Tart
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in San Francisco, CA
Direct gravure printed in brown. Image size: 10 x 12¼"; paper size: 16 x 17¼". Edition 35. Published by Crown Point Press
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21st Century and Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching

Suckers, Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
Created in 1964 as part of the Delights portfolio, Suckers , by Wayne Thiebaud is an iconic, early original etching on BFK Rives paper.  Signed, titled and dated in pencil, the artwo...
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20th Century Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Aquatint

"Gold Dredgers" Sacramento, Watercolor by Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Wayne Thiebaud, American (1920 - ) Title: "Gold Dredger" Sacramento Year: circa 1956 Medium: Watercolor on paper Signature: Signed and titled in pencil Image Size: 9 x 20.5 ...
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1950s American Modern Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Watercolor

Theater Marquee, Early Lithograph by Wayne Thiebaud 1956
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Wayne Thiebaud, American (1920 - ) Title: Theater Marquee Year: 1956 Medium: Lithograph Signature: Signed, titled, numbered, and dated in pencil Image Size: 20.5 x 12 inches...
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1950s Modern Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Lithograph

Delicatessen Trays, Wayne Thiebaud
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
An early print by the artist, Wayne Thiebaud’s, Delicatessen Trays was created in 1965 as an etching with aquatint on wove paper.  It is signed and dated in pencil, and inscribed “AP...
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching, Aquatint

PAINT CANS
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in Aventura, FL
Lithograph printed in colors, 1990. Signed in pencil, dated, numbered 98/100 (total edition includes 10 artist's proofs), on Arches paper, with the blindstamp of the printer, Trilliu...
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1990s Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Chocolate Pie
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in London, GB
Woodcut on wove paper Edition of 10 Signed and dated.
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Early 2000s Pop Art Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Woodcut

Pink Cone
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
Pink etching of ice cream cone Wayne Thiebaud emerged as a formidable contemporary artist during the early 1960’s, when Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and the other Pop Artists repre...
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1990s American Realist Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching

Dark Cakes and Pies
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
Medium: Direct gravure printed on gampi paper chine college Printer: Crown Point Press, San Francisco Publisher: Crown Point Press, San Francisco Edition size: 30, plus proofs S...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Intaglio

Marina Ridge
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Crown Point Press Publisher: Crown Point Press, San Francisco Edition size: 35, plus proofs Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1990s Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Drypoint

Cut Melon
By Wayne Thiebaud
Located in New York, NY
Publisher: The Artist Edition size: 15, plus proofs Signed, titled, dated, and annotated "A.P.", lower margin
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1960s Contemporary Wayne Thiebaud Art

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Etching

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