Richard Diebenkorn, ‘Untitled’, Christie's

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)


signed with initials and dated 'RD 78' (lower right)

charcoal and acrylic on joined paper

30 3/4 x 16 3/4 in. (78.1 x 42.5 cm.)

Executed in 1978.

Signature: signed with initials and dated 'RD 78' (lower right)

XXXVIII Venice Biennale, American Pavilion, From Nature to Art, from Art to Nature: Richard Diebenkorn, July-October 1978, p. 60, no. 24 (illustrated).

San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery, Richard Diebenkorn: Works on Paper, 1970–1983, May–June 1983.

R. Newlin, ed., Richard Diebenkorn Works on Paper, Houston, 1987, pp. 120-121 (illustrated in color).

M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

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