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Richard Diebenkorn

Special Presentation | Wartime Works 1943 - 1945

3rd Floor

March 19 – May 9, 2020

drawing of a marine jacket

Marine Jacket (CR no. 91), 1943
Graphite on paper 
11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)

self portrait of Richard Diebenkorn with a "butch" haircut

Untitled (Portrait of the Artist with "Butch" Haircut), 1943
Graphite on paper
11 x 8 1/2  inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)

 

inky portrait of a man

Untitled (CR no. 102), 1944
Ink on paper
11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (29.2 x 21.6 cm)

portrait of a man in a military hat

Untitled (CR no. 104), 1944
Ink on cardboard
6 1/8 x 6 1/8 inches (15.6 x 15.6 cm)

 

drawing of a man sitting in a chair contemplating an object in his hand

Untitled (CR no. 132), 1944
Watercolor and ink on paper mounted on board
12 x 9 5/8 inches (30.5 x 24.4 cm)

 

portrait of a man with a pen and glasses

Robbie (CR no. 108), 1944
Ink and graphite on paper
12  x 9 1/2 inches

city scene painting

Untitled (CR no. 115), c.1944
Watercolor on cardboard
9 x 11 3/8 inches (22.9 x 28.9 cm)

abstracted portrait of a military man

Untitled (CR no. 133), c.1944-45
Ink on paper
5 x 3 inches (12.7 x 7.6 cm)

portrait of a man crossing his arms

Untitled (CR no. 224), c.1944-45
Watercolor and ink on paper
6 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches (15.6 x 7.9 cm)

portrait of a shirtless man smoking a cigarette

Untitled (CR no. 145), c.1944-45
Ink on cardboard
9 x 7 1/8 inches (22.9 x 18.1 cm)

drawing of multiple men around a table

Untitled (CR no. 158), c.1944-45
Ink on poster board
7 7/8 x 6 1/4 inches (20 x 15.9 cm)

drawing of a shirtless man with an abstract portrait in the upper right corner

Untitled (CR no. 263), c.1944-45
Ink on paper
8 x 5 1/4 inches (20.3 x 13.3 cm)

drawing of a hanging

Untitled (CR no. 282), c.1944-45
Ink on poster board
4 3/4 x 6 1/8 inches (12.1 x 15.6 cm)

portrait of a man showing his teeth

Untitled (CR no. 286), c.1944-45
Ink and watercolor on poster board
4 x 2 3/8 inches (10.2 x 6 cm)

a blonde woman in a military uniform

Untitled (CR no. 207), c.1944-45
Watercolor and ink on paper mounted on cardboard
9 x 6 inches (22.9 x 15.2 cm)

 

close up portrait of a man's face

Untitled (CR no. 226), c.1944-45
Ink on paper
6 x 5 inches (15.2 x 12.7 cm)

 

drawing of a man sleeping shirtless

Untitled (CR no. 162), c.1944-45
Ink on poster board
4 3/4  x 6 1/8 inches (12.1 x 15.6 cm)

 

drawing of a shirtless man with many tattoos covering his arms and chest

Untitled (CR no. 206), c.1944-45
watercolor and ink on paper
8 x 5 1/4 inches (20.3 x 13.3 cm)

portrait of a man with blue and red

Untitled (CR no. 307), c.1945
Watercolor and ink on cardboard
15 3/8 x 12 inches (39.1 x 30.5 cm)

dark drawing of a man's face

Untitled (CR no. 306), c.1945
Ink on paper
12 x 9 1/2 inches (30.5 x 24.1 cm)

Richard Diebenkorn: Paintings and Works on Paper 1946-1952 will be accompanied by a special presentation of the artist’s “wartime” work loaned by Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. These representational drawings, to be installed on the third floor of the gallery, were made during the artist’s military service from 1943 to 1945, a period when he produced sketches and watercolors of soldiers. “It was a happy yet terrifying time,” Shields writes, “as Diebenkorn knew he was to be sent behind enemy lines”—the artist was honorably discharged after the surrender of Japan. A moody 1945 work features its subject rendered in dense, rich ink atop a bright sheet; in another, a young Diebenkorn gazes downward in a graphite on paper (1943) self-portrait striking for its direct likeness and immediacy.

 

A loan exhibition from a Private Collection and The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.