Wayne Thiebaud

American, born 1920

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Wayne Thiebaud

American, born 1920

7,534
Followers
established
Established Representation
auction
$6m Auction Record
Biography

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.

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$6m, Christie's, 2013
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Tate, and 3 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Whitney Biennial
Biography

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.

Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
auction
High auction record
$6m, Christie's, 2013
user
Solo show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 3 more
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
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