Wayne Thiebaud

Gumball Machine

12,230€  *
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  • Cardboard

  • Colour linocut on Arches card

  • 66,5 x 50,5 cm

  • 1920

  • Signed and inscribed.

  • Thiebaud is one of the most important Pop artists. His works were featured in numerous exhibitions in institutes such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento and the documenta in Kassel. Minor traces of age.

  • Artist’s proof aside from the numbered edition of 50. Edition Parasol Press, New York. There are a few artist’s proofs in various colours.

Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter, who was born in 1920 in Mesa, Arizona. Art historian John Wilmerding nicknamed him "The Emperor of Ice Cream"*, as the painter has devoted himself almost exclusively to depicting candies and other kinds of consumer goods. As a teenager, he cultivated his interests in sports, music and cartoon animation – in summer 1936, he worked as an apprentice at the Walt Disney Studios. After World War II, he moved to New York and then to Los Angeles, mostly working as a designer and freelance cartoonist. In the late 1940s, his works were firstly included in the big group exhibitions and just a few years later, he obtained his M.F.A. at California State College. Around the same time, he started producing educational art films with his own company, Patrician Films. He taught at several institutions, i.e. at the art department at Sacramento City College (1954-60), where he held courses on commercial art, film and television production. From 1960 to 1990 – until his retirement – Thiebaud worked at the University of California. His artistic style matured throughout this time and he created numerous still-life paintings of objects, especially food. After he moved to San Francisco, he also created spectacular landscapes and cityscapes. While he is frequently associated with Pop Art – with his focus being on the legacy of abstract expressionism – Thiebaud also works outside of this context, exploring the possibilities of artistic mimesis and realism, always aligningwith his mentor, Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. Thiebaud participated in numerous exhibitions all over the world, his works are part ofseveral collections, i.e. of Tate Britain, the Whitney Museum in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington and others.

*a title of the poem of Wallace Stevens.

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