Wayne Thiebaud: Cakes

Wayne Thiebaud is best known for depicting rows and rows of candy-colored frosted cakes, each with different layers, heights, shapes, and decorations. The Pop artist typically paints cakes, pastries, and pies from memory, evoking nostalgia for mid-20th-century American diner culture and his adolescent days spent working in restaurants. But Thiebaud never expected his confectionary paintings and prints to become icons of American art. “Look, a row of pies—that’ll be the end of me trying to be a serious …

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