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Wayne Thiebaud, humble everyday painter who transcended pop art, dies at the age of 101



“Art means something very rare, an extraordinary achievement.” _ Wayne Thiebaud

I was dizzy when Wayne Thiebaud Four pinball machines (1962) debuted on July 10, 2020, starring in Christie’s ONE: A 20th Century Global Sale. The large-scale painting, which at the time was on public display for the first time in four decades, exhibited a childhood bent.

Thiebaud, who had mastered the succulent portrayal of the everyday, died at his home in Sacramento, Calif., His Acquavella gallery announced on Sunday. He was 101 years old.

Born Morton Wayne Thiebaud on November 15, 1920, in Mesa, Arizona, the world famous painter of inimitable takes on lipstick, boots, toilets, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, pies and hot dogs, spilled the simple in the resort in essence.

Thiebaud, who turned 100 on November 15, 2020, had the most spectacular commercial success of his career when Four pinball machines (1962) grossed $ 19.1 million from Christie’s New York.

The coveted Four pinball machines sold to real estate billionaire Donald Bren, president and owner of The Irvine Company, in 1981 for $ 143,000, a record for the artist at the time. The July 10, 2020 sale more than doubled the artist’s world auction record currently held by Coated Cakes (2011), which on the eve of its 99th birthday won an auction of $ 8.5 million at Sotheby’s.

Thiebaud, who grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was an artist in the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces between 1942 and 1945. He worked as a graphic designer and designer . before embarking on painting in the mid-1950s. His thick, gestural brushes elevated his representations of everyday objects and commercial images. Best known for his boring candy paintings displayed in revolving display cases in American restaurants and cafeterias, Thiebaud showcased sugary consumerism staples and American staples, in serial repetition, intentionally using synthetic colors. He applied paint with a knife to symbolize the decadent, sometimes superfluous, icing of cakes, and to overlay his mockery of the culture of mass-produced “treats”.

Thiebaud’s family moved a year after his birth to Long Beach, California, and he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sacramento State College, which is now California State University, Sacramento. He became an assistant professor at the University of California at Davis, where he taught between 1960 and 1991. Thiebaud paused to visit New York, where he first contemplated the works of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, and befriended Willem de Kooning. and Franz Kline. During this time, he began to create tiny paintings focused on the basic shapes of foods strangely displayed in the windows of restaurants and cafeterias.

Upon returning to California, Thiebauld became more interested in the ubiquitous display of food in restaurant and cafeteria windows. In 196, Thiebauld met the famous merchant Allan Stone, whose legacy is now celebrated by Allan Stone Projects. Stone immediately recognized Thiebauld’s mastery achieved through excessive pigmentation and amplified color. Stone, who until his death in 2006 represented Thiebaud said: “I had the pleasure of being friends with a complex and talented man, a wonderful teacher and cook, the best storyteller in the west with a spin service, and a great painter whose magic touch is only surpassed by his genuine modesty and humility. Thiebaud’s dedication to painting and his pursuit of excellence inspires all who are fortunate enough to come into contact with him. He’s a very special man. Thiebaud’s son, Paul Thiebaud (1960-2010) took over as a merchant from his father, working in the eponymous galleries in Manhattan and San Francisco.

Thiebauld avoided its categorization as limited to Pop Art, humbly identifying himself as “just an old-fashioned painter”. His diverse work of paintings and prints covers cityscapes, landscapes and streetscapes.

“I haven’t the slightest idea what art is, but being a painter is something you have to prove” _ Wayne Thiebaud