Richard Diebenkorn, ‘Untitled #37’, Christie's

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)

Untitled #37

signed with initials and dated 'RD 84' (lower right)

gouache, acrylic, crayon and paper collage on paper

25 x 38 5/8 in. (63.5 x 98.1 cm.)

Executed in 1984.

Signature: signed with initials and dated 'RD 84' (lower right)

New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Richard Diebenkorn, May 1984, no. 17, p. 9 (illustrated in color).

New York, Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, The Drawings of Richard Diebenkorn, November 1988-December 1989, p. 184, no. 178 (illustrated in color).

New York, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, Richard Diebenkorn-Works on Paper: Ocean Park, Clubs and Spades, April-May 2004, pl. 34 (illustrated in color).

G. Nordland, Richard Diebenkorn, New York, 1987, p. 219 (illustrated).

S. Bancroft, ed., Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, exh. cat., Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, 2011, pp. 32 and 186, pl. 105.

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

Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III, New York, 1984

Private collection, 1994

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