Diebenkorn Notecard Folio
Ten full-color 5 x 7 in. blank note cards (5 each of 2 designs) and ten white envelopes
Published with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Richard Diebenkorn came to landscape and figurative painting, unusually enough, from abstract expressionism—and then he returned to abstraction. Born in Oregon, Diebenkorn (1922–1993) spent much of his life in California, and he is forever identified with the region's qualities of light: his first mature paintings are known as the Sausalito series, his celebrated late work as the Ocean Park paintings (for the neighborhood in Los Angeles), and his years at the center of what is called the Bay Area Figurative School connect the early and late periods.
Cityscape I is widely seen as a pivotal work in Diebenkorn's return from figurative painting to geometric abstraction. What links Cityscape I with the earlier figurative Coffee is the artist's preoccupation with color and planar composition: whether in a portrait or in a landscape, formal tension, psychological complexity, and the harmony of color and texture trump representation. Cityscape I and Coffee are in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.