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Berkeley #24, 1954

Richard Diebenkorn

American, 1922-1993
Oil on canvas
68-3/4 x 57 in. (98.4 x 144.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Rowan
P.1967.26
© 2008 Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

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Richard Diebenkorn was born in Portland, Oregon in 1922 and spent most of his career in California. He was among a small number of artists in mid-century America to achieve international acclaim without living in New York. Diebenkorn received his artistic training at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the California School of Fine Arts.

Throughout his career, Diebenkorn grappled with issues of abstraction versus representation in his work. In two bodies of work in abstraction -- the "Berkeley" series from early in his career and the famous "Ocean Park" series from the late 1960s -- the artist looked to his environment for inspiration. His bold colors and strong compositions revealed highly metaphorical spatial and chromatic explorations.

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