Jun 29, 2007

Berkeley #42

Berkeley #42


Richard Diebenkorn

(American, 1922–1993)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 147.6 x 132.7 x 4.6 cm (58 1/8 x 52 1/4 x 1 13/16 in.); Unframed: 146 x 130.8 cm (57 1/2 x 51 1/2 in.)

Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1968.95



Berkeley #42 appears to be a work of West Coast abstract expressionism. Yet the landscape and climate of Northern California influenced Diebenkorn while painting his expressive Berkeley series, which actively harnesses a push/pull relationship between representation and abstraction. By looking at the painting's lower half, one can see a jagged coastline arcing upward, as if viewed from an airplane.

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