RICHARD DIEBENKORN (American, 1922-1993)
    Untitled, c. 1951
    Oil on canvas
    17-5/8 x 15-3/8 inches (44.7 x 39.1 cm)
    Initialed lower left and signed and inscribed verso

    From the artist to Eulalia Emetaz, La Galeria Escondida, Taos, c. 1951
    Private Collection (to present owner, by descent, early 1990s)

    La Galeria Escondida, Taos, NM, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert McChesney, and Clay Spohn, 1952

    Phyllis F. Dorset, "La Galeria Escondida: A Taos Retrospective", Artspace, Fall 1987, p. 48

    The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation will include this work in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné as estate number 8615

    Estimate: $150,000 - $250,000.

    Condition Report*:

    The primary support is white cotton canvas stretched to the original wood strainer with butt jointed corners and attached with metal staples. The painting is flat, plane, and has good surface tension with no distortions. The artist's brush strokes and impasto are visible throughout the surface which allows the ground colors and previous textures to show through as pentimenti and ghosting. This was the artist's obvious technique. The surface is unvarnished and has no sheen other than one shiny area in the upper right quadrant also a result of technique. There are signs of stress to the paint surface in the form of several hairline cracks throughout. There is a section of lifting paint along the thickest area of texture but with minimal paint loss. This does not seem to be damage but a side effect of the surface treatment (scraping, layers, and texture) by the artist. The signature (initials RD) in the lower left is intact and clearly visible. The reverse of the canvas is impregnated with several bright pigments (red, green, yellow, & brown), as if these colors are the underlayment for the more muted colors visible on the surface. The artist's first initial and last name is written on the reverse under an arrow designating the top of the canvas, seemingly both by the artist's hand. Under UV light, the surface proves to be un-varnished and has no visible evidence of inpainting or later alterations. The various colors and visible pentimenti all fluoresce as individual layers which is consistent for painting from this time period. There has been no restoration to the artwork and the canvas appears to be in very good condition. Framed Dimensions 18.75 X 16.25 Inches

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