Wayne Thiebaud, ‘Tie Rack’, Christie's

Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920)

Tie Rack

signed and dated 'Thiebaud 1969' (lower right)

oil on canvas

72 x 36 in. (182.8 x 91.4 cm.)

Painted in 1969.

Signature: signed and dated 'Thiebaud 1969' (lower right)

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor; 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, June 2000-September 2001, p. 128, no. 57 (illustrated in color).

New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Wayne Thiebaud Since 1962: A Survey, April-May 2005.

Collection of Allan Stone, New York, acquired directly from the artist

His sale; Christie's, New York, 12 November 2007, lot 620

Acquired at the above sale 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