Color, Light, and Geometry: Decoding Diebenkorn's Ocean Park #126

NEW YORK | 13 MAY 2024

Color, Light, and Geometry: Decoding Diebenkorn's Ocean Park #126

Richard Diebenkorn’s, Ocean Park #126 from 1984, is one of the finest in his iconic Ocean Park series. It serves as a compelling testament to his groundbreaking shift in artistic expression, marking a transformative period when Diebenkorn transitioned from his earlier figurative style to a vibrant and complex abstract aesthetic.

Diebenkorn’s journey with the Ocean Park series began in 1967 when he moved to his Ocean Park, Santa Monica studio. This coastal setting, with its unique light, instigated a radical shift in Diebenkorn’s artistic approach, moving from figurative to abstract art. The Ocean Park series quickly became the cornerstone of his career, as it showcased his unparalleled talent as a colorist and his distinctive abstract style.

Ocean Park #126 is a prime example of Diebenkorn's artistic evolution. Monumentally scaled and architectonically composed, this painting reflects the artist's new structurally-inspired aesthetic. The canvas is alive with saturated hues, structured diagonals, and a nuanced palette of blues, oranges, and yellows. These elements not only highlight Diebenkorn’s mastery of color but also his ability to create layered, introspective compositions that draw the viewer into a world of light and geometry.

Ocean Park #126 will be part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Auction on 13 May 2024.

View 1 of Lot 118: Ocean Park #126
Richard Diebenkorn
Ocean Park #126
Estimate: 18,000,000 – 25,000,000 USD

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