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Wayne Thiebaud

Display Cakes, 1963

Oil on canvas
28 × 38 in
71.1 × 96.5 cm
Permanent collection
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
San Francisco
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Collection: SFMOMA, San Francisco

Collection: SFMOMA, San Francisco

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© Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York; photo: Don Ross and Katherine Du Tiel
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 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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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
San Francisco
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Collection: SFMOMA, San Francisco

Collection: SFMOMA, San Francisco

Medium
Painting
Image rights
© Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York; photo: Don Ross and Katherine Du Tiel
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 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.

Wayne Thiebaud

Display Cakes, 1963

Oil on canvas
28 × 38 in
71.1 × 96.5 cm
Permanent collection
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