Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn


Nationality: American

Richard Diebenkorn matriculated into Stanford University in 1940 where he was mentored by professors Victor Arnautoff and Daniel Mendelowitz, and with influences from Willem de Kooning, he developed his interpretation of abstract expressionism.

After a stint in the Marine Corp during WWII, Diebenkorn went on to teach at the California School of Fine Arts in 1947. He then earned a MFA from the University of New Mexico in 1951, and subsequently taught briefly at the University of Illinois before visiting New York in 1953, a revolutionary moment in his career.

As the birth place of abstract expressionism, New York was highly influential to Diebenkorn’s style, and his work was forever changed after the summer of 1953. After his stay in New York, Diebenkorn returned to Berkeley where he converted to object specific figurativism; however, Diebenkorn did not completely abandon his former art form. Diebenkorn fused the figurativism of Henri Matisse with his former experience as an abstract painter in the Bay Area Figurative Movement. However, in 1967 after accepting a teaching position at UCLA, Diebenkorn returned to abstract expressionism, but with distinctive, immense, and rich geometrical forms, which resulted in his famous Ocean Park series that took eighteen years to develop and comprised over 130 paintings.

Diebenkorn's work was exhibited widely in New York City. In 1956 it was displayed at the Poindexter Gallery, in 1971 at the Marlborough Gallery, and by 1977 his worked was exhibited almost annually via his partnership with M. Knoedller & Company. In 1976, Diebenkorn's work toured Washington, DC, New York City, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Oakland through a retrospective that was organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.


Richard Diebenkorn Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
RICHARD DIEBENKORN (American, 1922-1993) Green, 1986 Etching with aquatint and drypoint printed in colors 44 x 35.5 i
RICHARD DIEBENKORN (American, 1922-1993)Green, 1986Etching with aquatint and drypoint printed in colors44 x 35.5 i...
Lot 72055
Auction 5043
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
RICHARD DIEBENKORN (American, 1922-1993) Blue with Red, 1987 Woodcut in colors 33-3/4 x 23 inches (85.7 x 58.4 cm) si
RICHARD DIEBENKORN (American, 1922-1993)Blue with Red, 1987Woodcut in colors33-3/4 x 23 inches (85.7 x 58.4 cm) si...
Lot 72198
Auction 5172
Saturday, May 31, 2014
RICHARD DIEBENKORN (American, 1922-1993) Red-Yellow-Blue, 1986 Etching, aquatint and drypoint in colors 16 x 29-7/8 i
RICHARD DIEBENKORN (American, 1922-1993)Red-Yellow-Blue, 1986Etching, aquatint and drypoint in colors16 x 29-7/8 i...
Lot 72197
Auction 5172
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) #31 (looking out at deck of Diebenkorn's residence), from 41 Etchings/Drypoints, 196
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)#31 (looking out at deck of Diebenkorn's residence), from 41 Etchings/Drypoints, 196...
Lot 65024
Auction 5304
Monday, April 10, 2017
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) Blue with Red, 1987 Woodblock in colors on Echizen Kozo Mashi paper 33-1/2 x 23 inches
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993)Blue with Red, 1987Woodblock in colors on Echizen Kozo Mashi paper33-1/2 x 23 inches...
Lot 77039
Auction 5289
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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