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Wayne Thiebaud by Steven A. Nash
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Aug 31, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, art, nonfiction
Read from August 31 to September 02, 2012

Made me think of portraiture in a new way. I need not mention Thiebaud's cakes or hot dogs or grinning ice cream cones. You already know and love them, and so do I. But the portraits! Do you know about the portraits? Aside from just being things you want to look at (the palette! the shadows! the texture!) for their beauty and mastery of the medium, they are as telling of a time and a people as the works of John Singer Sargent, Renoir, or Gaugin. They are America, they are the 1960s.

And the landscapes. HE KILLS ME. Still life, landscape, and portraiture. Nailed 'em all, that Thiebaud. This collection will bring you to the light if you are not already there, though there is a new monograph published in late 2013 that I'll have to check out next.

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