Monday, April 15, 2013
monday thoughts: wayne thiebaud
I can't believe I haven't written about Wayne Thiebaud yet. A poster from his 1996 retrospective at SFMOMA has been in every kitchen we've had since we bought it that same year. It's almost a joke among my friends—the poster is in the background of so many offhand photographs of my kids. But I can't get rid of it; it has such sentimental meaning (RP and I had just moved to California together!) and it fits our sunny, airy kitchen so perfectly. Thiebaud's paintings feature delicious pastel color and clean pop images: slices of tempting cake, lipsticks, toys, a beautiful woman (often his wife, Betty Jean). Thiebaud was born in Arizona but has lived in Sacramento for years; his work definitely has a sunshiny California vibe. And he's well past 90 and still paints and teaches. Must be the sunshine—and all those desserts.