Artist Richard Diebenkorn and his ‘Berkeley Years’

Bay Area local, Richard Diebenkorn, a well-known 20th century American painter, is having his work shown at the de Young in San Francisco.

Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966, is view at the de Young Museum through September 29, 2013. It will be the first exhibition to explore in-depth the work produced by Diebenkorn between 1953 and 1966, when he lived in Berkeley, California.  The presentation will include over 130 of the artist’s paintings and drawings assembled from collections across the country, many of them rarely or never before seen in public exhibitions. Diebenkorn’s engagement with the unique settings of the Bay Area, along with his personal history, ties this exhibition deeply to the region.

Diebenkorn underwent a metamorphosis during what is now known as his “Berkeley period,” beginning with an abstract phase influenced by the Bay Area’s natural environment, and then moving to figurative works, including figures, interiors, and still lifes.

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