Richard Diebenkorn 1922 - 1993

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Richard Diebenkorn - Indigo Horizontal
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Contemporary Edition: New York
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 75.600 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Untitled (Seated Nude with Legs Crossed)
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Post-War to Present
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 10.080 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Untitled
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Post-War to Present
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 50.400 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Untitled
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New Now
March 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 USD
Realised: 12.700 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Blue
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 30.000 - 40.000 USD
Realised: 44.800 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - #40 (Phyllis), from 41 Etchings Drypoints
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 3.000 - 4.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Richard Diebenkorn - #28 (Kathan Brown), from 41 Etchings Drypoints
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 1.280 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - #23 (Portrait of Phyllis), from 41 Etchings Drypoints
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 3.000 - 4.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Richard Diebenkorn - #15 and #17, from 41 Etchings Drypoints 2
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 3.840 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - #5 (Phyllis Wears a Hat), from 41 Etchings Drypoints
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Richard Diebenkorn - Green
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 USD
Realised: 572.000 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Ochre
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 25.600 USD
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The artist Richard Diebenkorn

  • 20th century American painter known for his abstract-figurative mix of styles.
  • His Santa Monica Ocean Park series is considered his best-known work.
  • He served as a juror for the Guggenheim Foundation from 1979 to 1988.

Influential painter Richard Diebenkorn is known today as much for his signature abstract expressionist works as for his figurative works. Born in 1922 in Portland, Oregon, and raised in San Francisco, Diebenkorn discovered his artistic talent at an early age. He studied at Stanford University in the 1940s and became interested in the ultra-realism of Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Diebenkorn's artistic career can be divided into several phases. In the 1950s, he became known as an abstract expressionist painter, strongly influenced by artists such as Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. His work from this period is characterized by bold colors, gestural brushwork, and a sense of spontaneity.

Diebenkorn lived in Berkeley from 1955 to 1966, which is why two of his four creative periods relate to the city: the Berkeley Abstraction and Berkeley Figurative years. In the mid-1950s, Diebenkorn returned to figurative painting, mixing landscapes with his earlier, more abstract form, as he would do again later. Beginning in 1966, Diebenkorn turned to what is now known as the Ocean Park series of paintings, which, despite their quasi-geometric abstraction, evoke the landscape and hazy light of Southern California. 

The Ocean Park paintings are often views of his studio in the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica, where he lived until 1988. The series is now among Diebenkorn's most important works, demonstrating his trained eye for color, space, and composition. In the 1980s, while still in Santa Monica, Diebenkorn returned to figurative painting, incorporating abstract elements. In his later work, he combined these representational aspects with the expressive qualities of his long abstract phase to create a unique blend of styles.

Throughout his career, the art world honored Diebenkorn with numerous awards and exhibitions. He represented the United States at the 38th Venice Biennale in 1978 and served as a juror for the Guggenheim Foundation from 1979 to 1983. His work is in the collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Richard Diebenkorn died in Berkeley on March 30, 1993, just three weeks shy of his 71st birthday. His ability to combine abstract and figurative elements continues to inspire and fascinate the art world today.

Der Künstler Richard Diebenkorn

  • US-amerikanischer Maler des 20. Jahrhunderts mit markantem, abstrakt-figurativem Stilmix.
  • Seine Ocean-Park-Serie aus Santa Monica gilt als prominentestes Werk.
  • War zwischen 1979 und 1988 für die Guggenheim Foundation als Juror tätig.

Der einflussreiche Maler Richard Diebenkorn ist heute genauso für seine charakteristischen abstrakt-expressionistischen wie für seine figurativen Werke bekannt. 1922 in Portland, Oregon, geboren und in San Francisco aufgewachsen, entdeckte er schon früh sein künstlerisches Talent. Er studierte in den 1940er Jahren an der University of Stanford und interessierte sich für den Ultrarealismus Edward Hoppers (1882 – 1967). Die künstlerische Laufbahn Diebenkorns lässt sich in verschiedene Phasen unterteilen.

In den 1950er Jahren wurde er als Maler des abstrakten Expressionismus bekannt, der stark von Künstlern wie Mark Rothko und Willem de Kooning beeinflusst war. Seine Werke aus dieser Zeit zeichnen sich durch kräftige Farben, eine gestische Pinselführung und ein Gefühl von Spontanität aus. Von 1955 bis 1966 lebte Diebenkorn in Berkeley, weshalb sich zwei seiner vier Schaffensphasen auf die Stadt beziehen: die Berkeley Abstraction und die Berkeley Figurative Years.

Mitte der 50er Jahre malte Diebenkorn wieder figurativ, mischte Landschaften mit seiner bisher eher abstrakten Form – so, wie er es auch später erneut tun sollte. Ab 1966 wandte sich Diebenkorn der heute als Ocean Park-Serie bekannten Malerei zu, die trotz quasi-geometrischer Abstraktion an die Landschaft und das dunstige Licht Südkaliforniens erinnert.  Bei den Ocean Park-Bildern handelt es sich oft um Ansichten seines Ateliers im Stadtviertel Ocean Park in Santa Monica, wo der Maler bis 1988 lebte.

Die Serie zählt heute zu Diebenkorns prominentestem Werk, das seinen geschulten Blick für Farbe, Raum und Komposition unter Beweis stellt. In den 1980er Jahren, immer noch in Santa Monica, kehrte Diebenkorn zur figurativen Malerei zurück, in die er abstrakte Elemente einfließen ließ. In seinem Spätwerk verband er diese gegenständlichen Aspekte mit den expressiven Qualitäten seiner langen, abstrakten Phase zu einem ganz eigenen Stilmix.

Im Laufe seiner Karriere ehrte die Kunstwelt Diebenkorn mit verschiedenen Auszeichnungen und Ausstellungen. So vertrat er etwa die USA 1978 auf der 38. Biennale von Venedig und diente von 1979 bis 1983 als Juror für die Guggenheim Foundation.

Seine Werke befinden sich in den Sammlungen bedeutender Museen wie dem Metropolitan Museum of Art, dem Museum of Modern Art und dem San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Richard Diebenkorn starb am 30. März 1993 in Berkeley, nur drei Wochen vor seinem 71. Geburtstag. Seine Fähigkeit, abstrakte und figurative Elemente zu verbinden, inspiriert und fasziniert die Kunstwelt bis heute.

Richard Diebenkorn - Flotsam
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 1.280 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Poems of W. B. Yeats
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 USD
Realised: 1.280 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Folsom Street Variations I (Black)
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Prints & MultiplesAbstractions
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 10.880 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Untitled, from Club/Spade Group 81-82 (from the Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary portfolio)
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Prints & MultiplesAbstractions
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 USD
Realised: 4.096 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Tri-Colored Spade, from Five Spades
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Prints & MultiplesAbstractions
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 7.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 8.320 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - 41 Etchings Drypoints: #19 (still life with pencil, glass and box with cigarettes) (G. p. 118)
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Editions & Works on Paper
February 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 3.302 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Folsom Street Variations II (Gray)
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Prints & MultiplesAbstractions
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Richard Diebenkorn - Untitled
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
November 2023
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 76.700 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Untitled
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
November 2023
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 USD
Realised: 64.000 USD
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Richard Diebenkorn - Untitled
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
November 2023
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Richard Diebenkorn - Santa Cruz
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
November 2023
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 450.000 - 650.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Richard Diebenkorn - Recollections of a Visit to Leningrad
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20th Century Evening Sale
November 2023
Christies, London
Est.: -1 - -1 USD
Realised: 46.410.000 USD
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