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Wayne Thiebaud
B. 1920
STEEP HILL (UNTITLED LANDSCAPE)
signed
watercolor and pastel on paper
13 1/2 by 8 1/4 in. 34.3 by 21 cm.
Executed circa 1965.
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Provenance

Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)
Sotheby's, New York, 7 June 1984, Lot 285
Allan Stone Gallery, New York (acquired from the above sale)
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

San Francisco, Jeremy Stone Gallery, Wayne Thiebaud, Drawing, August - September 1984
New York, Forum Gallery, June - July 1987

Catalogue Note

"When Thiebaud wants to stretch for a big effect, he has no trouble with drama, expansiveness, or even a kind of sublimity...Steep precipices that overwhelm human presence and excite a sense of terribilita, danger, or fear are common...Integral with the grandeur of nature, or nature transformed by man, is the power of natural light to illuminate, even dazzle and inspire...The light is more than a matter of energy and science. It is an embodiment of emotion. For Thiebaud it surely is not religious or symbolic in a conventional sense, but is nevertheless celebratory and life affirming."
Steven Nash, "Thiebaud's Many Realisms" in Exh. Cat., Palm Springs Art Museum (and traveling), Wayne Thiebaud, Seventy Years of Painting, 2007, pp. 19-20

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