Lot 221: WAYNE THIEBAUD Suckers, State II.

Swann Auction Galleries

November 15, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
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Description: WAYNE THIEBAUD
Suckers, State II.

Lithograph printed in red on Rives BFK, 1968. 406x559 mm; 16x21 7/8 inches (sheet), full margins. Artist's proof, aside from the edition of 150. Signed, inscribed "State II" and numbered "A.P. VII" in pencil, lower right. Printed and published by Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles, with the blind stamps lower right. A superb impression with bold colors.

The earliest work of Thiebaud (born 1920) is a portrait of a fisherman painted in a freely expressive style, when he was only 16 years old. At the time, Thiebaud, who grew up mainly in Long Beach, but would spend most of his life in Sacramento, did not think he was headed for a career in the fine arts. Rather he envisioned himself as an advertising art director. He worked briefly from 1936-37 at the Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles, where he drew the in-between frames (drawings positioned between key changes in movement in order to make animation play smooth) for such cartoons as Goofy and Pinocchio. He later turned to illustrating movie posters for Universal Pictures and worked in the advertising department of Rexall Drugs. After serving in World War II, as a cartoonist and poster designer, Thiebaud attended San Jose State College (1949-50) and California State College at Sacramento (1950-53), majoring in fine art.

From 1951 to 1960 Thiebaud worked as an art instructor at the Sacramento Junior College, where he was simultaneously able to pursue his own career as an artist. During this time his interests in subject and style wavered, ultimately developing into the still lifes of sweet confectionaries, for which he is most famously known, beginning in the early 1960s. Gemini 86.
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