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Wayne Thiebaud

Cigars (from Recent Etchings II), 1979

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Lot 24
Etching in colors on Somerset paper
15.8 x 19.9 in (40.0 x 50.5 cm)
From edition of 50
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto


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Though Wayne Thiebaud is best known for his Pop art images of cakes, candy, and ice cream parlor confections, he has also occasionally turned his attention to less wholesome forms of consumption. In this etching, from Thiebaud's portfolio "Recent Etchings II," he applies his signature linear precision to an array of cigars resting in an ashtray, whose plumes of rising smoke dominate the print’s upper register.

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About Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud (American, b. 1920) is an artist best known for portraying colorful, sugary objects and treats, such as ice creams, candy, hot dogs, and pies. He was greatly influenced by Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Robert Rauschenberg, and his nostalgic images can be found within the public collections of the Whitney Museum, LACMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and more. In 1994, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.