RICHARD DIEBENKORN’S OCEAN PARK SERIES

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1933), American artist, has been credited with restoring a sense of the sublime to late modernism.

He is also widely known as a “California” artist: a native of the West Coast who lived most of his life here, diving his time as an adult between the LA and Bay areas.

Diebenkorn started out in the mid-40s as an abstract painter, firmly of his generation, and recognized early on as an artist of stature and integrity. In 1955, he suddenly segued, inexplicably to the critics and art world, into representational painting.

Until 1967, he did still-lifes, portraits and landscapes. His work was both bold and sensitive.  He did interesting things with perspective and planes. He liked windows. He seemed never to paint strictly what he saw, but rather what was going on in his head.

And then, in a move that could have been career suicide, he switched back to abstract painting—or switched to something new.

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4 Replies to “RICHARD DIEBENKORN’S OCEAN PARK SERIES”

  1. Beautifully written! Dear Heather! Thank you!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Enjoy these days as we creep toward the winter solstice, Glenda!

  2. Thank you for this article, Heather. So good – and bookmarked.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      So glad, Paul–I’m now a huge Diebenkorn fan.

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