Lot 17
  • 17


100,000 - 150,000 USD
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  • Richard Diebenkorn
  • Blue Surround
  • signed with the artist's initials, dated 82 and numbered 17/35 
  • color aquatint with etching and drypoint on Rives BFK wove paper
  • 35 by 26 1/4 in. 88.9 by 66.7 cm.
  • Executed in 1982, this work is number 17 from an edition of 35, plus 10 artist's proofs. This work was donated to the (RED) Auction by Bank of America.

Catalogue Note

Richard Diebenkorn was one of the key figures in a transformation that took place in the 1950s: the rise of California Art to rival New York Abstract Expressionism. Diebenkorn developed a unique form of Northern California realism, now referred to as the Bay Area Figurative School. But it was in the late 1960s until his death in 1993 that he worked in a uniquely expressed form inspired by the light-filled landscape of Southern California; The Ocean Park series of paintings and prints. His colors and surfaces formed an elegant balance between geometric planes and the order of the natural environment. His structured compositions never lost the sense of fluid space nor the mood that humanized abstraction. Blue Surround shows broad bands of color that stretch across the surface of the paper evoking the beach, air and light of Diebenkorn’s California space.