Wayne Thiebaud: Profile

Wayne Thiebaud, Various Cakes, 1981, oil on canvas, 25 x 23 inches (courtesy of John Berggruen Gallery)
Wayne Thiebaud, Various Cakes, 1981, oil on canvas, 25 x 23 inches (courtesy of John Berggruen Gallery)

Ed Schad profiles painter Wayne Thiebaud.

Referring to Chardin in an interview at his studio Thiebaud remarks: “The wonderful thing about common objects, of almost any kind, is exactly what the poets talk about. They are talking about a transcendent potential, that they can be more than they are. For instance, let’s say a bunch of kitchen objects like Chardin: copper pipes, clay pots, a loaf of bread. Your job as a painter is to make them different enough and special enough that when you go back to look at the kitchen’s actual objects, they seem wanting.”