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Wayne Thiebaud
Bird on a Swing, from Recent Etchings I by Wayne Thiebaud

1979

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"Bird on a Swing" is a striking and quiet example of the Pop Art images of the artist Wayne Thiebaud, using his bright coloration for a single figure in an empty setting. The print comes from the portfolio "Recent Etchings I," prints from which are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and other significant institutions. Indeed, the present example is a museum-quality artwork and would compliment any collection of contemporary art. Etching and aquatint in colors on Somerset paper 10 x 12.5 inches, image with full margins 26.5 x 33.5 inches, frame Signed "Thiebaud 1979" in pencil lower right Edition 16/50 in pencil lower left (aside from 10 artist's proofs) blindstamps of Crown Point Press and the printer, Stephen Thomas, San Francisco, bottom right published by Parasol Press, New York Wayne Thiebaud (born November 15, 1920) is an American painter and printmaker widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figure paintings. Thiebaud is associated with the pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his early works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work.

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  • Creator
    Wayne Thiebaud (1920, American)
  • Creation Year
    1979
  • Dimensions
    Height: 26.5 in. (67.31 cm)Width: 33.5 in. (85.09 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    In very good condition aside from 1 small crease in upper right of image. Housed in a new custom frame.
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 1397d1stDibs: LU60535933122

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About the Artist

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud’s pastel-hued still-life paintings of baked goods, gumball machines, hot dogs and paint cans are often associated with the Pop art movement, thanks to the mass-cultural appeal of their content. Stylistically, however, Thiebaud eschews the precision found in the art of such Pop giants as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol in favor of a more painterly approach, not unlike that of the Italian modernist Giorgio Morandi, whose dreamy paintings of vessels and household objects are simple yet richly atmospheric. Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona, in 1920 and grew up in Southern California from the age of six months. As a high schooler, he had a summer apprenticeship at Walt Disney Studios, which led to a stint as a graphic artist in the U.S. Army Air Forces’ First Motion Picture Unit during World War II. After the war, he attended the California State College at Sacramento on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and earning a master’s soon after. He went on to teach at the University of California, Davis, from 1960 to ’91. In the late ’50s, time spent living in New York City proved crucial to Thiebaud’s career. There, he befriended Abstract Expressionist painters Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline and drew inspiration from the work of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Admiring the color and form on display in New York’s many bakeries, he began painting small canvases featuring rows of treats, which would become one of his central subjects. Though Thiebaud himself doesn’t identify as a Pop artist, the first major exhibition that brought him national renown was a seminal 1962 Pop show at the Sidney Janis Gallery in Manhattan. That same year, he was included in "New Painting of Common Objects” at the Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, which also featured paintings by Ed Ruscha and Jim Dine. Iconic works such as Pie Counter (1963) demonstrate Thiebaud’s signature treatment of commonplace items with the grandeur and scale of a landscape. Thiebaud’s interest in exaggerated colors and vernacular subject matter — characteristics that call to mind images found in mid-century advertising — make him an intriguing figure occupying the hazy borderlands between fine and commercial art. Yet through a masterful handling of paint, evocative use of light and poignant sense of isolation, Thiebaud’s work is unquestionably thoughtful and singular. His later forays into landscape painting, as seen in Steep Street (1989) or Country City (1988), bring to bear his bold use of color on complex urban scenes. Pieces by Thiebaud can be found in the collections of major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among many others. In 1994, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.
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