Wayne Thiebaud

American, b. 1920

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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 …

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Untitled (Three Cigarettes and a Cigar), 1973
Sold on Jun 22, 2021
$630,000
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Painting
oil on panel
36.2 x 28.6 cm
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$630,000
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Jun 22, 2021
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Untitled (Three Cigarettes and a Cigar), 1973
oil on panel
Jun 22, 2021
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$630,000
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Painting
36.2 x 28.6 cm
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Jun 22, 2021
Phillips
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$630,000
Winding River, 2002
Sold on Jun 19, 2021
$9,809,000
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Painting
acrylic on canvas
152.7 x 182.9 cm
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$9,809,000
Auction Sale
Jun 19, 2021
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Winding River, 2002
acrylic on canvas
Jun 19, 2021
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152.7 x 182.9 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
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$9,809,000
Souvenirs of Cities, 1999
Sold on May 20, 2021
$4,375
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etching, on Chine collé to Italian mouldmade Tiepolo paper
28.3 x 35.6 cm
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$4,375
Auction Sale
May 20, 2021
Christie's
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Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) signed, dated and numbered '19/40 Thiebaud 1999' in pencil etching, on Chine collé to Italian mouldmade Tiepolo paper Image: 14 x 111⁄8 in. (35.6 x 28.3 cm.) Sheet: 221⁄2 x 19 in. (57.2 x 48.3 cm.) Executed in 1999. This work is number 19 from the edition of 40. Published by Arion Press, San Francisco with the accompanying book Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino with twelve illustrations by the artist in letterpress on Mylar, signed in pencil by the artist on the reverse of the title page, number 300 of 400, with the original metallic case.
Souvenirs of Cities, 1999
etching, on Chine collé to Italian mouldmade Tiepolo paper
May 20, 2021
Christie's
$4,375
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Print
28.3 x 35.6 cm
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May 20, 2021
Christie's
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$4,375
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Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) signed, dated and numbered '19/40 Thiebaud 1999' in pencil etching, on Chine collé to Italian mouldmade Tiepolo paper Image: 14 x 111⁄8 in. (35.6 x 28.3 cm.) Sheet: 221⁄2 x 19 in. (57.2 x 48.3 cm.) Executed in 1999. This work is number 19 from the edition of 40. Published by Arion Press, San Francisco with the accompanying book Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino with twelve illustrations by the artist in letterpress on Mylar, signed in pencil by the artist on the reverse of the title page, number 300 of 400, with the original metallic case.
Chocolate Pie, 1964
Sold on May 18, 2021
$35,000
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woodcut, on laid paper
22.2 x 21.0 cm
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$35,000
Auction Sale
May 18, 2021
Christie's
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Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) signed, dated and dedicated 'T.P for Wolf in friendship Thiebaud 1964' in pencil woodcut, on laid paper Image: 8 ¼ x 8 ¾ in. (21 x 22.2 cm.) Sheet: 12 x 19 in. (30.5 x 48.3 cm.) Executed in 1964. This work is a trial proof aside from the edition of ten published by Allan Stone Gallery, New York.
Chocolate Pie, 1964
woodcut, on laid paper
May 18, 2021
Christie's
$35,000
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22.2 x 21.0 cm
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May 18, 2021
Christie's
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$35,000
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Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) signed, dated and dedicated 'T.P for Wolf in friendship Thiebaud 1964' in pencil woodcut, on laid paper Image: 8 ¼ x 8 ¾ in. (21 x 22.2 cm.) Sheet: 12 x 19 in. (30.5 x 48.3 cm.) Executed in 1964. This work is a trial proof aside from the edition of ten published by Allan Stone Gallery, New York.
Flower in Vase, 1962
Sold on May 13, 2021
$2,319,000
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Painting
oil on canvas
40.6 x 45.7 cm
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$2,319,000
Auction Sale
May 13, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
signed and dated 1962; signed on the stretcher oil on canvas 18 by 16 in. 45.7 by 40.6 cm.
Flower in Vase, 1962
oil on canvas
May 13, 2021
Sotheby's
$2,319,000
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40.6 x 45.7 cm
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May 13, 2021
Sotheby's
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$2,319,000
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signed and dated 1962; signed on the stretcher oil on canvas 18 by 16 in. 45.7 by 40.6 cm.
Toweling Off, 1968
Sold on May 13, 2021
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oil on canvas
58.42 x 75.88 cm
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May 13, 2021
Christie's
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Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) signed and dated 'Thiebaud 1968' (lower right); signed again 'Thiebaud' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 29 7/8 x 23 ¾ in. (75.9 x 60.3 cm.) Painted in 1968.
Toweling Off, 1968
oil on canvas
May 13, 2021
Christie's
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58.42 x 75.88 cm
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May 13, 2021
Christie's
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Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) signed and dated 'Thiebaud 1968' (lower right); signed again 'Thiebaud' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 29 7/8 x 23 ¾ in. (75.9 x 60.3 cm.) Painted in 1968.
Toweling Off, 1968
Sold on May 13, 2021
$8,489,500
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Painting
oil on canvas
58.42 x 75.88 cm
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$8,489,500
Auction Sale
May 13, 2021
Christie's
Description
Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) signed and dated 'Thiebaud 1968' (lower right); signed again 'Thiebaud' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 29 7/8 x 23 ¾ in. (75.9 x 60.3 cm.) Painted in 1968.
Toweling Off, 1968
oil on canvas
May 13, 2021
Christie's
$8,489,500
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Painting
58.42 x 75.88 cm
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Auction Sale
May 13, 2021
Christie's
Realized Price
$8,489,500
Description
Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) signed and dated 'Thiebaud 1968' (lower right); signed again 'Thiebaud' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 29 7/8 x 23 ¾ in. (75.9 x 60.3 cm.) Painted in 1968.
City Downgrade
Sold on May 12, 2021
$3,771,000
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Painting
oil on canvas
75.25 x 101.6 cm
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$3,771,000
Auction Sale
May 12, 2021
Sotheby's
Description
American Visionary: The Collection of Mrs. John L. Marion signed and dated ’01; signed and dated ’01 on the reverse; titled on the stretcher oil on canvas  40 by 29 ⅝ in. 101.6 by 75.2 cm. 藝壇先行者:約翰・L・馬麗安夫人珍藏 偉恩・第伯 生於1920年 《城市下坡路》 款識:藝術家簽名並紀年'01;藝術家簽名並紀年'01(背面);書題目(內框) 油彩畫布 40 x 29 5/8 英寸;101.6 x 75.2 公分
City Downgrade
oil on canvas
May 12, 2021
Sotheby's
$3,771,000
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Painting
75.25 x 101.6 cm
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May 12, 2021
Sotheby's
Realized Price
$3,771,000
Description
American Visionary: The Collection of Mrs. John L. Marion signed and dated ’01; signed and dated ’01 on the reverse; titled on the stretcher oil on canvas  40 by 29 ⅝ in. 101.6 by 75.2 cm. 藝壇先行者:約翰・L・馬麗安夫人珍藏 偉恩・第伯 生於1920年 《城市下坡路》 款識:藝術家簽名並紀年'01;藝術家簽名並紀年'01(背面);書題目(內框) 油彩畫布 40 x 29 5/8 英寸;101.6 x 75.2 公分
Chocolate Cake, from Seven Still Lifes and a Rabbit, 1970
Sold on May 1, 2021
$9,450
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Print
Lithograph in brown, on Arches paper
33.0 x 44.5 cm
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$9,450
Auction Sale
May 1, 2021
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Chocolate Cake, from Seven Still Lifes and a Rabbit, 1970
Lithograph in brown, on Arches paper
May 1, 2021
Phillips
$9,450
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33.0 x 44.5 cm
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Auction Sale
May 1, 2021
Phillips
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$9,450
Candy Apples, 1964
Sold on May 1, 2021
$8,190
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Print
Aquatint, on handmade Rives paper
14.3 x 12.7 cm
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$8,190
Auction Sale
May 1, 2021
Phillips
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Candy Apples, 1964
Aquatint, on handmade Rives paper
May 1, 2021
Phillips
$8,190
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14.3 x 12.7 cm
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Auction Sale
May 1, 2021
Phillips
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$8,190