This five-and-a-half foot tall, four-and-a-half foot wide oil painting features a row of massive, towering cliffs rendered in indigo, purple, and orange. The dark and precipitous cliffs occupy the entire painting save for thin slivers of pale blue sky on our left and at the upper edges of the canvas. In the foreground on our right is a massive, sheer, indigo and purple cliff, topped with a tilted orange field dotted with tiny trees. Its shape resembles that of a smooth-sided pint glass, filled to the brim: straight, slightly tapered sides, with a flat top and a round rim. Just beyond it, a series of lower tiered cliffs, one behind the other, descends to our left. The cliff faces are mostly smooth, but feature a network of raised veins up and down their faces. They are topped with heavy clots of blue, mauve, and orange paint. In the distance, filling the upper left corner of the canvas is another massive escarpment, rendered in faded colors from the same palette. The orange field on top curves over the edge and falls in two thin lines down the front of the smooth rock face like water over a waterfall.
Wayne Thiebaud, Canyon Mountains, 2011-2012
Wayne Thiebaud, Canyon Mountains, 2011-2012; oil on canvas, 66 1/8 in. x 54 1/8 in. (167.96 cm x 137.48 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase, by exchange, through fractional gifts of Gretchen and John Berggruen and Madeleine Haas Russell, and gift of the Thiebaud family; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York
Wayne Thiebaud, Canyon Mountains, 2011-2012

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Canyon Mountains
Artist name
Wayne Thiebaud
Date created
2011-2012
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
66 1/8 in. x 54 1/8 in. (167.96 cm x 137.48 cm)
Date acquired
2014
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase, by exchange, through fractional gifts of Gretchen and John Berggruen and Madeleine Haas Russell, and gift of the Thiebaud family
Copyright
© Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2014.253
Artwork status
On view on floor 5 as part of Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art

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