Jun 06, 2024 - Sale 2671

Sale 2671 - Lot 47

Price Realized: $ 1,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
Persian Still Life.

Color screenprint on cream wove paper, 1956. 307x558 mm; 12¼x22¼ inches, small margins. Signed, dated and numbered 17/30 in pencil, lower margin.

This very early work dates from shortly after Thiebaud's (1920-2021) student years at Sacramento State College (now California State University, Sacramento), where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1951 and a master's degree in 1952, and while he was teaching at Sacramento City College and the University of California, Davis (he became an assistant professor at the latter in 1960 and remained there until 1991).

On a leave of absence from his teaching position during 1956-57, Thiebaud spent time in New York and became friends with Elaine and Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. Stimulated by these friendships, and seeing the early proto-Pop works that Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns were producing in New York at the time, Thiebaud began a series of small paintings based on images of food displayed in windows, leading him to what became the signature theme of his work over the past six decades.

While certainly more ornamental and expressionist in style, Persian Still Life precursors Thiebaud's small early paintings of food displayed in windows from the late 1950s and prefigures in his iconic, still-life themes later in his career.