Wayne Thiebaud, ‘Interchange’, Christie's

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920)


signed and dated '? Thiebaud 1979' (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

29 7/8 x 26 7/8 in. (75.8 x 68.2 cm.)

Painted in 1979.

Signature: signed and dated '? Thiebaud 1979' (on the reverse)

Stamford, Whitney Museum of American Art, Autoscape: The Automobile in the American Landscape, March-May 1984, n.p.

Foster Goldstrom Fine Arts, San Francisco

Collection of 7-Eleven, Inc., Dallas

Their sale; Sotheby's, New York, 16 May 2001, lot 106

John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

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