Ocean Park No. 22 (Primary Title)

Richard Diebenkorn, American, 1922 - 1993 (Artist)

oil on canvas
United States
Overall: 93 × 81 in. (236.22 × 205.74 cm)

“Temperamentally, I have always been a landscape painter.” -Richard Diebenkorn

Shortly after moving to southern California in 1966, Diebenkorn abandoned representation for abstraction, focusing on the monumental, sequentially numbered Ocean Park series. Titled after the seaside Santa Monica neighborhood where Diebenkorn lived and worked, these paintings embody his response to his new environment. Their gentle luminosity and geometric structure evoke that locale’s coastal light. Ocean Park No. 22 takes notice of Minimalism by emphasizing simplified colors and basic structures, but it also looks to the work of earlier 20th-century artists, including Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
California Classics: Art from the 1960s and 1970s, Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, April 19 – June 16, 1991

Made in America, Virginia Beach Arts Center, Virginia Beach, VA, April 5 – June 11, 1989

Contemporary Art from the Virginia Museum, Muscarelle Museum, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, September 30 – November 15, 1987
(Marlborough Gallery, New York). Private Collection, Chicago. (Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York) by 1980; Purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Sydney and Frances Lewis, Virginia, 1980; Gift to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond, Virginia in December of 1985.

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