Image: River and Slough
(Mesa, Arizona, 1920 - )

River and Slough , 1969

Acrylic on canvas
20 in. x 26 in. (50.8 cm x 66.04 cm)
Gift of Monroe Meyerson
1970.49
California artist Wayne Thiebaud first came to attention in the early 1960s for his paintings of pies, cakes and candy machines. The artist soon turned his attention to figure painting and by 1966 extended his interest to landscape—traditional subjects that allowed him to pursue his interest in investigating color, light and shadow.  'River and Slough' depicts a quiet scene in the Sacramento Valley not far from the artist’s home.  The simplified composition, with contrasting blue and orange hues and strong outlines surrounding the forms, is typical of the landscapes that Thiebaud sketches from nature, then returns to his studio to paint.  The artist comments that “with me, it’s about remembrance — sketching certain types of reflected patterns, different kinds of lighting, then conjuring it up with your memory and imagination.”  

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