description of Coffee by Richard Diebenkorn

A thin, seated woman drinking from a small mug is the subject of this nearly five-foot-tall, over four-foot-wide oil painting. She sits in a simple armchair with an orange seat, facing us at a quarter turn to our left, on our left-hand side of the canvas. Her legs are crossed and she keeps her elbows tucked in as she closes her eyes and holds the white mug to her mouth with both hands. The artist’s brushstrokes are bold, loose and easily discernible, and the palette features rich greens and blues. The woman wears a dark, velvety-blue dress and headscarf, and the expansive floor is mossy green with hints of violet. Behind the woman, a large window fills the upper right hand corner of the canvas, and offers a view outside to a flat, midnight blue landscape with a baby-blue sky. The woman has been clearly rendered, but the floor and walls are loosely defined, and the window is represented by more basic shapes.

Richard Diebenkorn, Coffee, 1959
Richard Diebenkorn, Coffee, 1959; oil on canvas, 57 1/2 in. x 52 1/4 in. (146.05 cm x 132.72 cm); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional and promised gift of Barbara and Gerson Bakar; © The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Coffee
Artist name
Richard Diebenkorn
Date created
1959
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
57 1/2 in. x 52 1/4 in. (146.05 cm x 132.72 cm)
Date acquired
1994
Credit
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fractional and promised gift of Barbara and Gerson Bakar
Copyright
© The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/94.428
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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