Richard Diebenkorn, ‘Cigar Box Lid #9’, Christie's

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)

Cigar Box Lid #9

signed with initials, dated, and dedicated 'FOR ROSELLE + Bill - 5.23.81 RD79' (lower edge); signed and dated again and numbered 'R. Diebenkorn/#9/1979' (on the reverse)

acrylic and graphite on panel

9 x 6 1/4 in. (22.8 x 15.8 cm.)

Executed in 1979.

Signature: signed with initials, dated, and dedicated 'FOR ROSELLE + Bill - 5.23.81 RD79' (lower edge); signed and dated again and numbered 'R. Diebenkorn/#9/1979' (on the reverse)

Lincoln, University of Nebraska, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Brooklyn Museum, Richard Diebenkorn: An Intimate View, May–September 1985, pl. 9.

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Richard Diebenkorn, October 1997–January 1998, p. 223, no. 176 (illustrated).

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Newport Beach, Orange County Museum of Art and Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, September 2011–January 2012, pp. 27 and 144, pl. 68.

Richard Diebenkorn, M. Knoedler and Co., New York, exh. cat., 1980 (illustrated on the inside back cover).

C. Creppel, "Once Upon a Time in the West," Phoenix, 28 November 1985.

J. Hall, "Nature Links Painter Pals," Columbus Dispatch, 27 April 2008.

William and Roselle Davenport, New York 1981

Private collection, 2001

Julian Weissman Fine Art, New York, 2008

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2008

About Richard Diebenkorn

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 landscape. Diebenkorn also painted portraits, expertly combining figurative and abstract styles in the same picture.

American, 1922-1993, Portland, Oregon, based in San Francisco, California