A native of New Mexico, Richard Diebenkorn was described by art critic Michael Kimmelman as “one of the premier American painters of the postwar era, whose deeply lyrical abstractions evoked the shimmering light and wide-open spaces of California.” In his early work, Diebenkorn explored abstract expressionism – reflected in “Albuquerque.”. He ultimately expanded into other styles, such as figuration. Living most of his life in California, Diebenkorn served on the UCLA faculty starting in the late 1960s, when he began producing his most famous works: his Ocean Park series of 145 paintings over 20 years. He died in 1993 at age 71.
Image caption: Richard Diebenkorn, Albuquerque #9, 1952, Oil on canvas, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, © 2018 Richard Diebenkorn Foundation