description of Display Cakes by Wayne Thiebaud

In this oil painting, three delicate cakes on round serving platters sit atop perfectly balanced sticks. The three thin sticks stand in an orderly row with the tallest one in the middle. On our left is a pale yellow plate displaying a flat layer cake that resembles an oversized, cream-filled cookie. On our right is a delicate mocha-colored cake with dark piping and a little red cherry on top, presented on a white plate. A large, unadorned white cake sits atop the largest platter in middle. The cakes are rendered with smooth, luxurious brushstrokes that mimic the buttercream frosting on an actual cake. Three shadows resembling big lollipops stretch from the bottom of the sticks across the flat white background toward our upper right.

Wayne Thiebaud, Display Cakes, 1963
Wayne Thiebaud, Display Cakes, 1963; oil on canvas, 28 in. x 38 in. (71.12 cm x 96.52 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Mrs. Manfred Bransten Special Fund purchase; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Display Cakes
Artist name
Wayne Thiebaud
Date created
1963
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
28 in. x 38 in. (71.12 cm x 96.52 cm)
Date acquired
1973
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Mrs. Manfred Bransten Special Fund purchase
Copyright
© Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/73.52
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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