1979 - 1983
Charcoal on paper
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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."
Gifted by the artist to a former student
Acquired from the above by the present owner
California, John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 90 years of Thiebaud, October-November 2019
This work is in overall good condition.
There are tonal and textural variations to the surface inherent to the artist's working method and chosen media, including a loss to the upper left edge and minor staining to the bottom left edge.
Additionally, there is yellowing to the paper throughout due to age.