This oil painting, which measures sixteen inches tall and twenty inches wide, features four individual servings of different creamy desserts. From our left to right, the desserts are: a chocolate mousse with whipped cream served in a straight-sided wine flute and topped with a cherry; a mint pudding layered with pink mousse served in a curvy class with a tall stem; a footed highball glass filled with orange and cream zebra stripes, topped with a single cherry; and a short glass bowl of peach slices surrounding a scoop of vanilla ice cream, topped with a lush red strawberry. The off-white background, and all of the desserts have been rendered with thick paint and swooping brushstrokes reminiscent of frosted buttercream icing. Each glass casts a short, blue colored shadow to the right of us—suggesting a light source suspended closely above and slightly to the left. Underlining the four desserts, at the bottom edge of the canvas, is a band of pastel blue delineating the front edge of the tabletop.
Wayne Thiebaud, Confections, 1962
Wayne Thiebaud, Confections, 1962; oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Byron R. Meyer; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Confections
Artist name
Wayne Thiebaud
Date created
1962
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)
Date acquired
2014
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Byron R. Meyer
Copyright
© Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2014.343
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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