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Cityscape I

Richard Diebenkorn

Cityscape I

Richard Diebenkorn
  • Date: 1963
  • Style: Expressionism
  • Genre: cityscape
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: USA, Berkeley
  • Dimensions: 153.4 x 128.3 cm

Diebenkorn painted this suburban California street in 1963, when he moved away from making abstract work and returned to a more representational style, becoming a leading figure of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Cityscape I suggests that Diebenkorn's essentially abstract, signature style, comprised of large planes of bright color plotted within a grid-like plane, extends even to his figural work. Diebenkorn based the painting on an existing cityscape, but he left out all the buildings on the right side of the street, creating a flatter, more geometric composition.

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