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Anguissola, Three Sisters Playing Chess and Phillip II of Spain

Beckmann, Departure; Self-Portrait in Tuxedo; Sinking of Titanic

Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

BonheurPlowing in the Nivernais

Bonheur, The Horse Fair

Book of Kells

Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights

Botticelli Primavera

Caravaggio, Fashion and Art History

CaravaggioConversion of St. Paul

Caravaggio, Young, Sick Bacchus and Basket of Fruit

Caravaggio, Cardsharps and Fortune Teller

Caravaggio, St. Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy

Caravaggio, Taking of Christ (Kiss of Judas)

Caravaggio Paintings at the Villa Borghese

Cave Paintings

Cezanne, Bathers

Cezanne, Card Players

Cezanne, Most Famous Paintings 

Copley, Paul Revere

David, Death of Marat 

David, Death of Socrates

David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps

de Kooning, Retrospective at MoMA (Part I)

de Kooning,Excavation and Painting, 1948 

de KooningWoman I

Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People  

Diebenkorn, The Ocean Park Series

Duccio, Maesta

Duncanson, Robert Seldon.  Art History Welcomes Duncanson 

Durer, The Four Apostles

Dutch Painters at the Frick Collection, 2013-2014 Show

El Greco, Burial of Count Orgaz

FontanaPortrait of a Noblewoman

Frankenthaler, Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea

Gainsborough, The Blue Boy

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Judith Beheading Holofernes

Gentileschi, Artemisia.  Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting 

Ghent Altarpiece.  

Ghent Altarpiece via zoom

GiorgioneThree Philosophers 

Goya, Family of Charles IV

Goya, The Third of May 1808 

Goya, Duchess of Alba; Saturn Devouring his Son; Two Old Men; Half-Submerged Dog; Black Paintings

Grunewald, Isenheim Altarpiece

Hals, Banquet of the Officers of the St. George Civic Guard

Hals, The Laughing Cavalier

Hals, Regents of St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Hopper, Nighthawks

Ingres, Grande Odalisque and Portrait of Madame Moissetier

Isenheim Altarpiece

Kahlo, Renowned Frida Kahlo Paintings.  

Angelica Kauffmann.  Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting and David Garrick.  

Klimt, The Kiss and Adele Bloch-Bauer

Leonardo, Painter at the Court of Milan, National Gallery, London 

Leonardo, La Bella Principessa 

Leonardo, New Mona Lisa

Leonardo, Benois Madonna and Madonna Litta 

Leonardo, Savior of the World(Salvator Mundi) 

Leonardo, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne

Leyster, Famous Female Painters 

ManetA Bar at the Folies-Bergere

Manet, Luncheon in the Studio

Manet, The Old Musician

Manet, Street Singer

MantegnaDead Christ

Matisse Paintings, In Search of True Painting

Matisse, The DanceThe Music

Matisse, The Cone Collection

Matisse, The Red Studio

Matisse, The Yellow Dress

Michelangelo, Crucifixion with the Madonna

Michelangelo, Famous Paintings

Michelangelo, La Pieta with Two Angels (latest attribution?)

Michelangelo, St. John the Baptist Bearing Witness

Modersohn-Becker, Famous Female Painters

Monet, Waterlilies

Morisot, Famous Paintings

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Munch, The Scream

O'Keeffe, Jack in the Pulpit

Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror

Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein

Picasso, Las Meninas

Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ

Horace Pippin.  Life and Work

Poussin, Assumption of the Virgin

Raphael, Sistine Madonna

Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer 

Rembrandt, Night Watch

Rembrandt paintings at Frick Show

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait at an Early AgeJeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, The Jewish Bride

Rembrandt, The Syndics of the Amsterdam Drapers' Guild

Rubens, Venus and Adonis

Sanchez Cotan, Spanish Still-life

Sargent, El Jaleo

Sargent, Madame X

Sargent, Smoke of Ambergris

Steen, The Christening Feast 

Steen paintings at Frick Show

Tanner, The Banjo Lesson and The Thankful Poor

Titian, Assumption of the Virgin

Titian, Bacchus and Ariadne

Titian, Man with a Glove

Titian, Nymph and Shepherd, Allegory of Prudence, Jacopa Strada, St. Jerome, Slaying of Marysas

Titian, Rape of Europa

Turner, J. M. W, The Fighting Temeraire

Uccello, Battle of San Romano

van der Weyden, St. Luke Drawing the Virgin

van Eyck, Arnolfini Portrait

van Eyck, Adoration of the Lamb

van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece

van Gogh, Patience Escalier

van Gogh, The Potato Eaters

van GoghMemory of Garden at Etten; Tatched Cottages; White House

van Gogh,  Portrait of Madam Trabuc; Morning: Going Out

van Gogh, Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh paintings up to 1889

Vincent van Gogh paintings, 1888-1890

Overview of works and life of Diego Velazquez 

Velazquez, Pope Innocent X

Velazquez, Juan de Pareja

Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring

Vermeer, Saint Praxedis

Vermeer, The Kitchen Maid

Vermeer, The Allegory of Painting

VermeerGirl with the Red Hat

Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans

Warhol, Marilyn Diptych and Gold Marilyn 

Warhol, Mao 

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Rosa Bonheur.  Plowing in the Nivernais.  Horse Fair.

Lavinia Fontana. Portrait of a Noblewoman.

Helen Frankenthaler. Color Field Painting and Mountains and Sea. 

Artemisia Gentileschi.  Judith Beheading Holofernes.  Self-Portrait as an Allegory of Painting.

Frida Kahlo.  Frida and Diego Rivera.  The Two Fridas.  The Love Embrace of the Universe. 

Angelica Kauffmann.  Self-Portrait Torn Between Music and Painting.  David Garrick.

Judith Leyster.  Self-Portrait.  The Proposition. 

Paula Modersohn-Becker. Self-Portrait with an Amber Necklace. Still Life with Goldfish. 

Berthe Morisot.  Refuge in Normandy.  The Cradle. 

Georgia O'Keeffe. Jack in the Pulpit Series. 

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Famous Painters: Richard Diebenkorn


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Although most famous painters lived in New York in the 1950s, Richard Diebenkorn (1922-93) established a reputation as the leading West Coast abstract expressionist. His paintings significantly shaped the history of modern painting and inspired
diebenkorn-ocean-park-6legions of modern painters.

With that pedigree, it's remarkable that the best known works by Richard Diebenkorn, The Ocean Park Series, are being featured for the first time in a museum exhibition. Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series is at the Corcoran for its sole East Coast showing. 

Richard Diebenkorn.  Ocean Park Series, No. 6, 1968. Oil on canvas, 91 3/4" x 71 3/4". Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. 

After garnering acclaim for his abstract expressionist paintings, Diebenkorn shifted to figurative painting and with fellow painters David Parks and Elmer Bischoff, founded the Bay Area Figurative Movement.  This loosely-formed group resisted Abstract Expressionism as it was practiced (and preached) on the East Coast, while championing its stylistic qualities.

Despite earning critical praise for these figurative paintings, the mercurial Diebenkorn again shifted his style in 1966 and returned to abstract painting. One year later, he embarked on The Ocean Park Series, which would consume two decades and yield 145 abstract paintings and nearly 500 works on paper, including collages, drawings and paintings.  

In some of Diebenkorn’s earliest works like Ocean Park Series. No. 6, one senses hints from figurative paintings.  Are those legs, or the backside of a woman? His pink-toned area on the right reinforces the presence of flesh.

diebenkorn-ocean-park-27Several years later, though, no figuration remains. Typified by Ocean Park, No. 27, these Diebenkorn paintings consist of architectural rectangles carved out by thin colored or black lines, while the tops and sides of the canvas feature reworked strips of color.

Richard Diebenkorn.  Ocean Park Series, No. 27, 1970.  Oil on canvas, 100" by 80".  Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY. 

Sections of the canvas are expanses of layered colors that have been scraped, erased, revised and repainted.  The consistency of the paint itself varies from opaque to translucent, with the latter exposing the marks, brushstrokes and hues of prior iterations.  

Seeing the Ocean Park paintings in mass, you realize that these are not abstract representations of Ocean Park itself, the Santa Monica neighborhood in which Richard Diebenkorn had his studio.  Surely he was influenced by the brilliant light, atmosphere, space and water around him, but I think the greater inspiration came from elsewhere.

Diebenkorn commented that while he was often pigeonholed as an abstract painter or a figurative painter, he considered himself a landscape painter. In 1951 he took a flight from New Mexico to San Francisco, after which he observed, 

The aerial view showed me a rich variety of ways of treating a flat plane – like flattened mud or paint.  Forms operating in shallow depth reveal a huge range of possibilities to the painter.

diebenkorn-ocean-park-116It’s these possibilities that are so brilliantly explored in Ocean Park Series, and that define Richard

Richard Diebenkorn.  Ocean Park Series, No. 116, 1979.  Oil on canvas, 82" by 72".  Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Diebenkorn's legacy in the history of modern painting -- he's a landscape painter. 

Do you see these works as landscapes, as I do, or as purely abstract paintings? Have you seen this exhibition? Please weigh in.




Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series will be at the Corcoran Gallery of Art until September 23. 


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Sorry, but I can't let your statement, "Diebenkorn's legacy in the history of modern painting -- he's a landscape painter" go so easily. Do you mean to be so belittling? (And it's an oversimplification carried to the point of being simply wrong.) 
Tyler Green treats landscape influence and expressed Diebenkorn's larger significance very well in his first "Modern Art Notes" post about the "Ocean Park" show, last December 
Boldface is my emphasis: 
The Bureau of Reclamation paintings, acrylic on paper with occasional collage, are important in another, slightly paradoxical way: They reveal how important landscape was to Diebenkorn and, well, how unimportant it was. (In general, landscape as a source of Diebenkorn’s art has often been overstated by historians.) Yes, landscape — particularly Reclamation’s man-altered landscape of the desert Southwest — was critical to the maturation of Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park work. In addition to how that trip seems to have helped Diebenkorn to smooth the composition of his paintings, it seems to have informed his palette: Before Reclamation his Ocean Park paintings were full of ruddy reds and a range of pastel tones. Afterward, his color took on greater brightness and intensity. Landscape informed, but it did not motivate. Diebenkorn seems to have carried what he saw in the desert Southwest with him into his Ocean Park studio, where he mixed it with other influences, including that transom window, his own masterful understanding of color, and his own study of Matisse, Cezanne, Hofmann, Bonnard and more. 
And what a run it was: For 18 years, from 1970 until the end of the Ocean Park series in 1988 (when Diebenkorn moved to Healdsburg, Calif.) Diebenkorn made paintings, works on paper and prints that consistently reached the apex of 20th-century abstraction. 
That’s not to say that Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series is better than Jackson Pollock’s drips or Barnett Newman’s zips or Clyfford Still’s knifed canyons or Vija Celmins’s star-fields or spider webs. But ‘Ocean Park’ is the body of work that most absorbs and considers virtually every key innovation of 20th-century painting. Maybe a better way to put it is this: I can’t think of a series that is as informed by — and effectively sums up — 20th-century abstraction as fully as the Ocean Park series. And still the paintings never feel like they’re doing that — they’re Diebenkorns through and through. You’d never mistake them for the work of anyone else. In this last great burst of his life, Diebenkorn synthesized decades of painterly progress and then found a way to make it all his. 
Interestingly, in addition to the landscape-inspired (and aerial landscape-inspired) paintings from his earlier abstract period, and his several subsequent actual landscape paintings, some of Diebenkorn's still lives are tabletop landscapes -- Museum of Modern Art owns a big, terrific one. That's from pre-Ocean Park days, of course. 
Posted @ Tuesday, August 28, 2012 9:42 AM by Susan Benford
I would argue that Diebenkorn was concurrently an abstract painter, a landscape painter and a figurative one, synthesizing those vantage points into his unique style. There's no attempt to be belittling here - I hope it was clear that I consider Diebenkorn one of the grandest influences on modern painting. 
To me, there's but a hair's breadth of difference between landscape "informing" versus "motivating" Diebenkorn. After flying over Colorado and Arizona for the Bureau of Reclamation, Diebenkorn said,  
"We were supposed to do documentary paintings, but mine came out as abstract interpretation. I think the many paths, or path like bands, in my paintings may have something to do with this experience..."  
I'd vote on motivation there. 
Tyler Green's summary is brilliant -- Diebenkorn DID synthesize the history of painting that preceded him and summarize 20th century abstraction. It is my hope that this show will garner more attention for this under-recognized artist. 
Posted @ Wednesday, August 29, 2012 8:19 AM by Susan Benford
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