Richard Diebenkorn
American, 1922-1993
High auction record
$24m, Christie's, 2018
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Richard Diebenkorn Foundation
Selected exhibitions
Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955,
Richard Diebenkorn Foundation
The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper, 1949–1992,
Richard Diebenkorn Foundation
Richard Diebenkorn,
Royal Academy of Arts

A highly influential mid-century American artist, Richard Diebenkorn is known for his abstract landscape paintings, in particular the "Ocean Park" series, which he exhibited when representing America at the 1978 Venice Biennale. Diebenkorn’s work is often highly gestural and layered, his use of the medium comparable to that of contemporaries like the Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning, an artist he greatly admired. Diebenkorn, however, preferred California to the competitive New York art scene, and became a leading artist among the Bay Area Figurative painters. Even at its most abstract, Diebenkorn’s work remains rooted in the outside world, and he is celebrated for capturing his surroundings on canvas without representing them literally. Moving between New Mexico, Illinois, and, ultimately, California, his work progresses in tune with the changing architecture and …

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