Wayne Thiebaud, ‘Jawbreaker Machine’, Christie's

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920)

Jawbreaker Machine

signed and dated twice and numbered 'A.P. Thiebaud 1990' (lower edge)

pastel on etching

image: 21 1/2 x 16 in. (54.6 x 40.6 cm.)

sheet: 30 3/8 x 22 1/2 in. (30.3 x 22.5 cm.)

Executed in 1990.

Signature: pastel on etching

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Washington, D.C.; National Museum of American Art and Palm Beach, Norton Gallery of Art, Vision and Revision: Hand-Colored Prints by Wayne Thiebaud, December 1992-May 1993, p. 77 (illustrated in color).

Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco

Mr. and Mrs. Allan Stone, New York

Allan Stone Gallery, New York

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