Richard Diebenkorn

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Date of Birth: April 22, 1922
Place of Birth: Portland, Oregon
Date of Death: March 30, 1993
Focus: Painter
Art movement: 20th Century Modern
Nationality: American

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Richard Diebenkorn Biography

Richard Diebenkorn is recognized as a Modern Artist with roots in California. For a time, he settled in Northern California, where his powerful work combined aerial perspective with the landscape; his large scale oil paintings have the feeling of landscapes viewed from a low flying airplane. Geometric shapes, calligraphic forms and experimentation are all evidenced in his work. His Ocean Park series of paintings have been widely recognized. Among the schools in which he taught are the San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University, where he was an artist-in-residence for a short period of time.

Works from Diebenkorn’s Urbana Period were influenced by Matisse’s exhibit of 1952. He had moved to Urbana, Illinois, where he was teaching, and produced strong abstract paintings; rich intense colors are characterized by this work.

After returning to California and the city of Berkeley, he became known for his dynamic abstracted paintings, rich with powerful shapes, forms and color. Known as his Berkeley Period, it was the time in which he became able to do art full time in his studio.

Working along side other artists that included David Park, Elmer Bischoff and later, Frank Lobdell, Diebenkorn created numerous figure drawings; he also did a large number of still life drawings. Together, his drawings comprise an important body of his work.

Diebenkorn also worked on paper and towards the end of his life moved to the Russian River area of Northern California, where he painted smaller works on paper, experimenting as he went along. When he died, Diebenkorn was known as one of the premier American painters of the post-World War II period. His work has been called lyrical, elegant and honest.