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Richard Diebenkorn Green, 1986

Richard Diebenkorn
Green, 1986
Color spit bite aquatint with soft ground aquatint and drypoint
Plate: 45 x 35 1/4 inches
Sheet: 53 3/4 x 41 1/2 inches
Edition of 60

Richard Diebenkorn Tri-Color, from Clubs and Spades, 1981

Richard Diebenkorn
Tri-Color, from Clubs and Spades, 1981
Color aquatint with hard ground etching and drypoint
Plate: 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Sheet: 30 1/2 x 22 3/8 inches
Framed: 34 1/4 x 26 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches 
Edition of 35

Richard Diebenkorn  Red-Yellow-Blue, 1986

Richard Diebenkorn 
Red-Yellow-Blue, 1986
Color soft ground etching with spit bite aquatint and drypoint
Plate: 15 3/4 x 30 inches
Sheet: 26 3/8 x 40 1/8 inches
Edition of 60

Richard Diebenkorn Blue, 1984

Richard Diebenkorn
Blue, 1984
Color woodcut
Plate: 40 3/8 x 24 3/4 inches
Sheet: 42 1/2 x 26 3/4 inches
Framed: 45 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches 
Edition of 200

Richard Diebenkorn Studio Floor – Camelia, 1962

Richard Diebenkorn
Studio Floor – Camelia, 1962
Oil on canvas
26 3/8 x 21 3/4 inches

Richard Diebenkorn High Green Version I, 1992

Richard Diebenkorn
High Green Version I, 1992

Richard Diebenkorn Untitled, 1967

Richard Diebenkorn
Untitled, 1967
Crayon on paper
12 1/2 x 17 inches

Richard Diebenkorn Interior with Flowers, 1961

Richard Diebenkorn
Interior with Flowers, 1961
Oil on canvas
56 3/4 x 38 3/4 inches

Richard Diebenkorn Untitled, 1981

Richard Diebenkorn
Untitled, 1981
Gouache and crayon on two sheets of joined paper
24 x 25 inches

Richard Diebenkorn Untitled, 1987

Richard Diebenkorn
Untitled, 1987
Acrylic and charcoal on two pieces of joined paper
36 x 22 inches


Richard Diebenkorn was born in April, 1922 in Portland, Oregon. Diebenkorn served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 until 1945, and upon his return from military duty to San Francisco, Diebenkorn took advantage of the G.I. bill to study at the California School of Fine Arts. It was at the California School of Fine arts where Diebenkorn met many serious contemporaries who would remain friends and artistic colleagues, including David Park, who would have an especially important influence on him. Diebenkorn and his wife, Phyllis, eventually settled in Sausalito, where the artist became a faculty member at the California School of Fine Arts in 1947. Fellow teachers there included Clyfford Still, Elmer Bischoff, Hassel Smith, Edward Corbett and David Park. Diebenkorn's first one-person exhibition was held at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in 1948, a singular distinction for so young a painter. Diebenkorn eventually moved to Berkeley in late 1955 and continued working in a highly abstracted style. Diebenkorn then suddenly launched upon a path that veered dramatically from his extended early abstract period: he began to work in a "representational" mode, painting and drawing landscapes, figure studies and still lifes. With fellow artists David Park, Elmer Bischoff and later Frank Lobdell, he regularly worked on figure drawing from models; one of his largest bodies of work comprises exhaustively experimental figure drawings. He was also prolific in the still life genre: some of his nearly monochromatic still life drawings are among the most distinctive, and ravishing, in twentieth century art. In 1980 and 1981, Diebenkorn temporarily changed direction, producing a rather eccentric group of works on paper known as the "Clubs and Spades" drawings. They were, at least in part, inspired by the artist's lifelong interest in heraldic imagery, and their explorations of form would reappear in modified form at the very end of his life. Diebenkorn and Phyllis then moved from Berkeley to Santa Monica in 1966 where Diebenkorn accepted a teaching position at UCLA. Within several months of beginning work in his first Santa Monica studio, located in a neighborhood near the beach known as Ocean Park, the artist embarked on the great cycle of paintings and drawings known as the Ocean Park works. In doing so, he definitively ended his figurative approach, to invent a unique abstract language he would develop until 1988. In the spring of 1988, the couple moved from Santa Monica to Healdsburg, California, to a rural home near the Russian River, overlooking vineyards and scrub-oak hillsides. In his Healdsburg studio he worked in mostly small scale, producing some of the most gem-like, quirkily decorative, and perfectly executed, works of his life. Though he experienced serious health problems during much of his time in Healdsburg, he was able to continue his restless exploration of form and color and poetic metaphor. In late 1992, the Diebenkorns were forced to take up residence at their Berkeley apartment in order to be nearer to medical treatment. They looked forward to returning to Healdsburg, but were never able to do so. Richard Diebenkorn died there on March 30, 1993.