Wayne Thiebaud, ‘Portrait of Sterling Holloway’, Christie's

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920)

Portrait of Sterling Holloway

signed and dated 'Thiebaud 1965' (upper left); signed again 'Thiebaud' (on the stretcher)

oil on canvas

17 x 22 in. (43.1 x 55.8 cm.)

Painted in 1965.

Signature: signed and dated 'Thiebaud 1965' (upper left); signed again 'Thiebaud' (on the stretcher)

Belmont, Notre Dame de Namur University, Wayne Thiebaud: Figurative Works 1959-1994, March-April 1994, n.p. (illustrated).

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection and New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Wayne Thiebaud: A Paintings Retrospective, New York, 2000, p. 116, no. 45 (illustrated in color).

C. Biederman, "Gotta Be Me," Dallas Observer, no. 918, October 5, 2000, p. 2.

E. Leffingwell, "Wayne's World: Charting Wayne Thiebaud's Career from Pop Pioneer to California Landscape Painter," Art in America 90, no. 2, 2002, p. 84 (illustrated in color).

Estate of Sterling Holloway

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