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Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud b. 1920

Wayne Theibaud is an American painter and printmaker, often associated with Pop Art of the 1960s, but his life-long attention to form and light places him more in line with Modern painters such as Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet and Giorgio Morandi, albeit with a concern for the contemporary, everyday American landscape. Thiebaud is famous for his nostalgic and deadpan depictions of pastries, sandwiches, shoes and candy, but he also painted northern California landscapes, the San Francisco cityscape and portraits with a similar concern for the play of light, interrelation of forms and rich, vibrant colors.

Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona in 1920 and grew up in Long Beach, California. From an early age he was influenced by cartoon animation, citing Krazy Kat as an inspiration, and he studied commercial art in high school. He spent a summer as an apprentice at Walt Disney Studios and went on to work as a sign painter, cartoonist and illustrator from 1939 to 1949. Thiebaud began his formal arts education in 1949 and graduated with a master’s degree in art history from Sacramento State College in 1953. After school, he moved to New York for a short time but did not feel connected to the anxiety and intellectualism that Abstract Expressionism was rooted in, though he did find kinship with the gestural, impasto work of Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. He returned to California and began teaching painting at University of California, Davis in 1960, where he most enjoyed teaching novices, “raw beginners,” and stressing the importance of hard work, repetition, close-seeing and practicing the formal aspects of painting and drawing.

Auction Results Wayne Thiebaud

WAYNE THIEBAUD, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Untitled

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $3,500
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Lunch (from Delights) | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Lunch (from Delights)

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $4,225
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Cones | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Cones

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,450
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Suckers State II | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Suckers State II

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,200
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Untitled (Figure) | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Untitled (Figure)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $10,000
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Sandwich (from Seven Still Lifes and a Rabbit) | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Sandwich (from Seven Still Lifes and a Rabbit)

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $8,450
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Suckers State I | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Suckers State I

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,000
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Untitled (Double-sided Drawing) | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Untitled (Double-sided Drawing)

estimate: $8,000–12,000
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Pasadena City College 10th Anniversary Artist in Residence poster | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Pasadena City College 10th Anniversary Artist in Residence poster

estimate: $300–500
result: $375
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Untitled

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,250
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Untitled

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,313
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Suckers State I | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Suckers State I

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,200
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Suckers II | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Suckers II

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $6,875
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Snack Bar | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Snack Bar

estimate: $12,000–18,000
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Saint's Head | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Saint's Head

estimate: $700–900
result: $750
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Suckers State I | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Suckers State I

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $8,450
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Suckers State I | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Suckers State I

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,175
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Snack Bar | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Snack Bar

estimate: $10,000–15,000
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Diagonal Ridge (from Recent Etchings I) | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Diagonal Ridge (from Recent Etchings I)

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,000
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Trout Fishing in America | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Trout Fishing in America

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,500
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Chocolates | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Chocolates

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $21,250
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Rose (from Recent Etchings I) | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Rose (from Recent Etchings I)

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,375
WAYNE THIEBAUD, Eyeglasses | ragoarts.com

Wayne Thiebaud

Eyeglasses

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000