Richard Diebenkorn

American (Portland, Oregon, 1922 - 1993, Berkeley, California)

Ocean Park #54

painting | oil and charcoal on canvas
Now on view in the exhibition American Icons at Grand Palais, Paris
  • Ocean Park #54

    Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #54, 1972; oil and charcoal on canvas, 100 in. x 81 in. (254 cm x 205.74 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Friends of Gerald Nordland; © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Ocean Park #54 is part of a series of paintings Diebenkorn began in 1967 and continued for the next twenty years. The title refers to the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica, where the artist set up his studio after moving from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1966. The hazy light of Southern California is present in the soft, translucent colors of the painting. The scrapings beneath the overlapping layers of color, called pentimenti, are a visual record of the artist's many changes of mind, offering a glimpse of his creative process.

100 in. x 81 in. (254 cm x 205.74 cm)
Acquired 1972
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Friends of Gerald Nordland
© Richard Diebenkorn Foundation


abstract, squares, rectangles, lines, California

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