Wayne Thiebaud. Pie Anyone?

"Girl with Pink Hat" (1973), detail, by Wayne Thiebaud

“Girl with Pink Hat” (1973), detail, by Wayne Thiebaud


“If we don’t have a sense of humor, we lack a sense of perspective.”
–Wayne Thiebaud

I realize there is no “pie” on this page, –Wayne Thiebaud’s signature images–but your taste buds will twitch as you consume the color and texture of these lovely details and you will certainly be bonbon-bewitched as you watch the video below.

I have admired Thiebaud’s work for many years, ever since the sight of a small print of a single slice of pie on my sister’s wall. I love how he plays with color to electrify the surface of his subjects. And with much anticipation, in November, 2011, I had the pleasure of seeing  “Girl with Pink Hat” (1973), at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (@SFMOMA).

"Girl with Pink Hat" (1973), detail, by Wayne Thiebaud

“Girl with Pink Hat” (1973), detail, by Wayne Thiebaud.

If you are unfamiliar with his work, click here for a colorful eyeful.

Wayne Thiebaud (born November 15, 1920) is an American painter whose most famous works are of cakes, pastries, boots, toilets, toys and lipsticks. He is associated with the Pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work. –Wikepedia

I was thrilled to find this video of Wayne Thiebaud in Dan Landrum’s stream on Google Plus.


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