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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, Green (working proof 7), 1986, color spitbite aquatint, soapground aquatint, and drypoint with pasted-down elements, Kathan Brown, © The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

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