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Richard Diebenkorn, High Green Version I, 1992

High Green Version I may be traced back to Diebenkorn’s experience of looking out the window of an airplane and being struck by the landscape’s abstract structure, which, he later said, “had so many things I wanted in my [art].” In the print’s “high” region, a bright-green form is adjoined by a dark V, which acts like a visual retaining wall, keeping the upper region from eroding and seeping into the expanse of blue below.

Banner image: Detail, Richard Diebenkorn, High Green Version I (working proof 8), 1992, soapground aquatint, softground etching, and etching in black, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Crown Point Press, 1996, © The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

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