Recognized as a major figure in postwar American painting,
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) was an artist strongly identified
with California but whose work is beloved throughout the United
States and the rest of the world. This catalog is the most
comprehensive volume on the artist now available.
Jane Livingston''s extensively researched biographical essay
covers Diebenkorn''s entire career and concentrates on the
artist''s inner life and purposes as revealed in his paintings.
Ruth Fine deals primarily with the figurative aspect of
Diebenkorn''s work (1955-67), and John Elderfield concentrates on
the Ocean Park period (1967-93). All three authors provide valuable
insights based on their personal relationships with the artist and
his widow, Phyllis. On both page and canvas, the reader can sense
Diebenkorn''s complexity and highly self-conscious working methods,
as well as his formidable integrity.
The Art of Richard Diebenkorn will give readers with an
interest in all phases of modernism new thoughts about the
relationship between abstraction and representation. Stunningly
illustrated, with 192 full-color reproductions, this book is an
exhilarating testament to a distinctive American artist.