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Wayne Thiebaud (1920–2021) was an American painter renowned for his distinctive contributions to the Pop Art movement. Thiebaud initially worked as a cartoonist and an illustrator before pursuing a career in fine art. He gained widespread recognition in the 1960s for his vibrant and nostalgic paintings of everyday American objects, particularly desserts and food items displayed in diners and bakeries. Thiebaud's art is characterized by its emphasis on color, light, and a meticulous rendering of surfaces. His unique blend of realism and a flattened, almost abstract aesthetic creates visually striking compositions that have become iconic representations of American popular culture.


Wayne Thiebaud was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In 2001, he was honored with a retrospective and monograph organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor. The show to traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. Thiebaud's enduring impact on the art world lies in his ability to elevate the ordinary into the realm of art, capturing the essence of American life with a sense of humor, nostalgia, and technical mastery.

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