Monday, August 20, 2007

Inspirational Artist - Wayne Thiebaud

A few years ago, I discovered the art of Wayne Thiebaud. Best known for his pop art treatment of cafeteria style foods...cakes, ice cream, pies, hamburgers, hot dogs...he captured these everyday objects that can be found "anywhere in this country [the USA], but only in this country". Many of Thiebaud's paintings of show a fascination with basic shapes and forms, and orderliness of arrangement of these forms.

Thiebaud is still living, and continues to influence artists today. There has been a resurgence in interest in a realistic portrayal of everyday objects, captured in isolation; many of the leading artists of this genre credit Thiebaud as an instrumental influence on their work.

Cakes, 1963

Around the Cake

Pies, Pies, Pies 1961

Confections, 1962

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  1. Sarah - thanks so much for visiting my blog. I LOVE yours. The Greek Key post is terrific! May I add your link to my short list of fave blogs?

  2. i love this artwork! esp the first one of the cakes. any ideas where to get a print?

  3. Dianamuse - I really enjoy your blog too! Please feel free to add my link.

    Marissa, I only put a few examples of his work on this post...he has so many more! Art.com has some prints of his work. One other source might be the museum shops at the places that have his original works. Artchive has the best list of works for Thiebaud:

  4. These are fantastic! I wonder if he does commissioned work? Thanks for the info Sarah!


  5. Hi Kate-

    Thiebaud was born in 1920, so he is pretty old now...also, he is one of the icons of pop art. But, there are SO many artists whose work has the feel of Thiebaud. I will do a post sometime over the next few days on some of my favorite artists who do realism/everyday objects. Some of these artists even sell on ebay, and are very reasonable.

    - SCJ

  6. calorie free art... adorable. I can easily see this in a seaside home...

  7. These are delicious (for lack of a better word). I love his style--especially the pies. They look almost Hopper-esque to me.

  8. Yum...these look good enough to eat. I am a dessert freak so I love them!!

  9. FYI, Wayne Thibault is from Sacramento! One of the now famous artists from the town I live in. Fun Post! :)

  10. I know you posted this a long time ago but I found it searching for Thiebaud's cake paintings for my blog. I mentioned your post in it. Here's the post: http://myspicycinnamon.blogspot.com/2012/02/bagels-and-thiebaud.html Let's share great art!


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