Wayne Thiebaud

Untitled (Sketch of a Skeleton)

1979 - 1983

Charcoal on paper

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Class Sketches by Wayne Thiebaud.

Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920-2021).

This work is offered unframed.

Created between 1979 and 1983 at the University of California, Davis, when Wayne Thiebaud taught classes in Figurative Drawing and General Principles of Art, these sketches reflect the artist's teaching method. From Da Vinci to Dali, artist sketches are a way to decode the genius behind the masterwork. Drawing, Thiebaud wrote, is a way “to test what one can know about the look of such things as grace, sensuality, affectation, tension, repose, ineffableness, and those mysterious characteristics which remain between a question and an answer."


Height: 35 inches / 88.9 cm
Width: 22.5 inches / 57.15 cm


Gifted by the artist to the present owner


California, John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 90 years of Thiebaud, October-November 2019

Condition Report

This work is in overall very good condition.

There are tonal and textural variations to the surface inherent to the artist's working method and chosen media, including minor creasing to the lower left edge and minor staining throughout, especially to the middle of the work.

Additionally, there is yellowing to the paper throughout due to age.

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