Interior with Book

I have read several blog-posts on the American painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922-93) lately. At Catching Days, Thomas Larson writes very well about him in a post on writing.

Much of the current writing on Diebenkorn is related to the ongoing exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966 (which I unfortunately will not get to see). The exhibition examines Diebenkorn’s “Berkeley period”, a period when the artist turned away from his early work, exploring new vocabularies of both abstract and representational styles.

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Richard Diebenkorn : Interior with a Book (1959)

Interior with a Book, is a fine example from Diebenkorn’s “Berkeley period”. It seems to bear traces of European art, e.g. Cezanne and the Impressionists, and do also reference Hopper. But there is still a very personal and original touch to the work, especially in the way the artist sets the perspective of the room up against the flat, yellowish greens of the landscape. Notice also how he manages to give light to the landscape even if the sky is rather dense, and the glow of the book … where does it come from?
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It’s all rather beautiful, wouldn’t you agree?

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