Wayne Thiebaud, ‘Heart Ridge’, Christie's

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920)

Heart Ridge

signed and dated ‘Thiebaud 1969’ (upper left); signed and dated again twice ‘Thiebaud 1969’ (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

27 7/8 x 14 7/8 in. (70.8 x 37.8 cm.)

Painted in 1969.

Signature: signed and dated ‘Thiebaud 1969’ (upper left); signed and dated again twice ‘Thiebaud 1969’ (on the reverse)

Santa Fe, Gerald Peters Gallery, Wayne Thiebaud: Mountains, August-September 2010, pp. 30-31 (illustrated in color)

Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Wayne Thiebaud

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.

American, b. 1920, Mesa, Arizona, based in San Francisco, California