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Wayne Thiebaud

Working proof 26 of Thiebaud's River Edge showcases the coloration for which the artist is renowned; a vivid apricot hue highlights the river edge and causes it to glow, even optically vibrate. But Thiebaud rejected this color scheme for the final print — a decision that was significant. Now monochromatic, the landscape reads flatter, more abstract, with repetitive patterns, sinuous lines, and interlocking geometric puzzle pieces.

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Wayne Thiebaud working at Crown Point Press, photograph by P. Dullanty, Courtesy Crown Point Press

Banner Image: Detail, Wayne Thiebaud, River Edge (working proof 26), 1997, color drypoint and spitbite aquatint, Crown Point Press, Art © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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