Wayne Thiebaud

(b. 1920)
Lot 251
Wayne Thiebaud
Dark Cake
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
November 18, 2018
Lot 49
Wayne Thiebaud
Untitled (Reflected Palm Tree)
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
Price Realized: $23,750
June 10, 2018
Lot 239
Wayne Thiebaud
Pies (from Delights)
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $8,125
February 25, 2018
Lot 240
Wayne Thiebaud
Eyeglasses
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $8,125
February 25, 2018
Lot 241
Wayne Thiebaud
Toy Box
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,750
February 25, 2018
Lot 285
Wayne Thiebaud
Suckers (State I)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,312
October 22, 2017
Lot 284
Wayne Thiebaud
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,000
May 21, 2017
Lot 236
Wayne Thiebaud
Ponytail Nude
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $22,500
March 5, 2017
Lot 233
Wayne Thiebaud
Suckers (State I)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,625
October 9, 2016
Lot 69
Wayne Thiebaud
Cherry Cakes (from Recent Etchings II)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,625
February 21, 2016
Lot 70
Wayne Thiebaud
Cone
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,125
February 21, 2016
Lot 72
Wayne Thiebaud
Eyeglasses
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $6,250
February 21, 2016
Lot 119
Wayne Thiebaud
Van
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
October 11, 2015
Lot 270
Wayne Thiebaud
Olives (from Delights)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,687
May 17, 2015
Lot 262
Wayne Thiebaud
Eight Lipsticks
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $34,375
March 1, 2015
Lot 42
Wayne Thiebaud
Sandwich (From Seven Still-Lifes and a Rabbit)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $7,500
October 12, 2014
Lot 280
Wayne Thiebaud
Gum Machine (Delights portfolio)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $10,000
May 18, 2014
Lot 279
Wayne Thiebaud
Untitled (Double-Sided Drawing)
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $18,750
February 23, 2014
Lot 249
Wayne Thiebaud
Olives (from Delights)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,125
May 19, 2013
Lot 124
Wayne Thiebaud
Madison Avenue, NY
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $12,500
October 7, 2012
Lot 126
Wayne Thiebaud
Fish (from Delights)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,687
October 7, 2012
Lot 24
Wayne Thiebaud
Bramble Trees
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $5,512
October 17, 2010
Lot 25
Wayne Thiebaud
Seashore
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,512
October 17, 2010
Lot 261
Wayne Thiebaud
Boxed Balls (from Recent Etchings II)
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $7,500
December 7, 2008
Lot 247
Wayne Thiebaud
Fish (from Delights)
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $3,360
February 10, 2008
Lot 248
Wayne Thiebaud
Lunch (from Delights)
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,600
February 10, 2008
Lot 249
Wayne Thiebaud
Olives (from Delights)
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $3,000
February 10, 2008

About The Artist

Bay Area artist Wayne Thiebaud didn’t set out to create the vibrant still lifes of delectable, whipped-pastel confections for which he is now so widely known. Born in 1920 in Mesa, Arizona and raised in Long Beach, California, Thiebaud originally intended to devote his career to commercial illustration, inspired by popular cartoons and comic strips, such as George Herriman’s Krazy Kat. Before his friend and fellow artist Robert Mallary convinced him to turn his attention to fine art, Thiebaud worked a bevy of creative jobs, including freelance artist, stage technician, and apprenticed as an “in-betweener” cartoonist at the Walt Disney Studios. Thiebaud’s cartooning skills would also come in handy when he served in the Air Force from 1942-1945, where he was first assigned as an artist and cartoonist to the Special Services Department and later assumed the same role when transferred to the First Air Force Motion Picture Unit, commanded by none other than a young Ronald Reagan. 

After his stint in the Air Force Thiebaud turned to fine art, while retaining strong affections for commercial art, the latter of which ultimately left an indelible effect on his work as a whole in a number of significant respects. His life as a professional painter began with his first solo show at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum in 1951, but it wasn’t until his 1962 solo exhibition at the Allan Stone Gallery in New York that Thiebaud emerged onto the scene with his singular blend of robust colors and copious brushstrokes. Thiebaud’s subjects — everyday consumer products such as sugary confections, gumball machines, thick sandwiches, toys, jukeboxes, and cosmetics — are rendered in deeply saturated colors with a liberal application of lush pigment. Both subjects and their shadows are outlined in multiple hues, creating a halo effect that Thiebaud likens to vibration. “They’re fighting for position,” he said of the competing colors. “That’s what makes them vibrate when you put them next to each other.”

His bold, painterly depictions of mass consumer culture in America garnered broad international attention amidst the Pop Art mania, although Thiebaud insists he is “just an old fashioned painter,” and “not a card carrying Pop artist,” pointing to the fact that many of his most celebrated works actually predate that movement. Nonetheless, his Technicolor still lifes of ordinary consumer products strike a chord with the peppy palette and popular, iconic imagery so readily associated with works by Pop art heavyweights such as Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, and Claes Oldenburg and, for better or worse, his work has been widely associated with that movement ever since.

Thiebaud’s work is housed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994.

Thiebaud, Wayne. Smithsonian, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/wayne-thiebaud-is-not-a-pop-artist-57060/. Accessed 7 August 2017.
Thiebaud, Wayne. Upsilon Gallery, http://www.upsilongallery.com/wayne-thiebaud/ Accessed 7 August 2017.

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