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Catalog Number X1966.04.10
Title PORTRAIT
Object Name Painting
Artist Diebenkorn, Richard (1922-1993)
Dimensions H-30 W-27.375 inches
Medium Oil on Canvas
Date 1956
Notes This intimate painting is a portrait of a man rendered as if he were sculpted out of successive layers of paint. He sits terse and monolithic with blank features formed from fleshy paint pulled over top of cool blue shadows, the dark of his hair is a void that supports one pink ear. The area behind the head is a taupe colored wall segmented by thin lines of underpainting. At shoulder height the background shifts and there is a dark veil that defines the figure's arms and shoulders. Below the heavily worked head, the body gives way to light washes of lavender with evidence of some greens and pinks. The thin paint of the body is punctuated with a tightly clenched fist, alternately painted and carved with the handle of the paintbrush, that anchors the figure to the bottom of the canvas. A stoic figure full of quiet tension, Diebenkorn causes the body to twist in space through carefully placed edges and color shifts.
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