description of Flatland River by Wayne Thiebaud

In this three-foot-tall, almost five-foot-wide landscape painting, a creamy goldish tan river winds through farmland in late afternoon. The calm, unrippled water is widest across the upper edge of the canvas, and then meanders down toward our left as it narrows. Finally, it turns to our right, exiting the canvas in the lower corner. Both sides of the river feature farm fields patterned with straight or curving rows of orderly crops. The center right of the painting depicts a diamond-shaped grid of trees planted in an orchard. Rows of tilled soil blanket the land, rendered in mustard yellows and pastel oranges, blues and greens. The scene is awash in rich, warm sunlight, which falls on a row of tall autumn trees at the edge of the river in the center of the painting, casting long, cool blue shadows across a green field.

Wayne Thiebaud, Flatland River, 1997
Wayne Thiebaud, Flatland River, 1997; oil on canvas, 38 in. x 58 in. (96.52 cm x 147.32 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York
Wayne Thiebaud, Flatland River, 1997

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Flatland River
Artist name
Wayne Thiebaud
Date created
1997
Classification
painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
38 in. x 58 in. (96.52 cm x 147.32 cm)
Date acquired
1998
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis
Copyright
© Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/98.27
Artwork status
On view on floor 2 as part of Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings

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