In 1955, contemporary American artist Richard Diebenkorn embarked on an illustrious, but relatively brief period of figurative exploration; ending in 1967, this chapter laid the groundwork for Diebenkorn’s celebrated corpus of abstract work from the 1970s. Coming to Sotheby’s from the collection of Mrs. John L. Marion, Woman in Hat and Gloves, 1963 is one of the most iconic paintings from this distinct figurative period. The work’s vibrant palette and sensual forms show the influence of European Modernists, including Henri Matisse (one of Diebenkron’s heroes) and Amedeo Modigliani. Diebenkron’s use of strong diagonals and blocks of color offer a premonition of his coming Ocean Park series, the artist’s most iconic abstract works. One of the most widely-exhibited examples from Diebenkorn’s figurative period, Woman in Hat and Gloves will make a remarkable appearance at auction this May.
Auctions and Exhibitions
A Diebenkorn Figurative Masterwork Infused with European Modernism
New York | 12 May