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Richard Diebenkorn (April 22, 1922 – March 30, 1993) was a well-known 20th century American painter. His early work is associated with Abstract expressionism and the Bay area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. His later work (best known as the Ocean Park paintings) were instrumental to his achievement of worldwide acclaim.
"The first-period Ocean Park paintings are characterized by strong diagonals, often disposed like beams holding up the surface of the picture. The paintings have a sturdily synthetic character, as though blocks of color and texture were being moved around and built upon one another, sometimes directly abutting, sometimes separated by masking-like strips….The result is a picture trying to look like an enormous montage, the painting seemingly sectioned out, cut, and reassembled on the surface. Everything sits right on this surface, yet everything implies some idea of overlapping planes. A number of contradictory things are happening at once, all within a relatively reduced palette….
"One of the central defining principles of the Ocean Park paintings is precisely the dichotomy between the improvisatory character Diebenkorn acknowledges and the effect of agonizing discipline they convey. These paintings above all reveal a process of intense re-thinking - and yet many of them are among the most lyrical and highly decorative images in the modernist tradition….
"The interpretation of these works as either landscapes or cityscapes is well off the mark. The Ocean Park paintings were intended as - and remain - highly metaphorical spatial and chromatic explorations."-Jane Livingston
In addition to certain artists, Diebenkorn admits to being influenced by such musicians as Bach Hayden, Mozart and Beethoven and such poets as Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, William Butler Yeats and Wallace Stevens.