American, 1922 - 1993
Although Richard Diebenkorn’s early career was associated with Abstract Expressionism, he became a leading artist among the Bay Area Figurative painters who made a return to figuration. The artist’s highly gestural and layered works expertly combine figurative and abstract styles in the same picture. Diebenkorn’s largest body of work was made in the 1950s and 1960s and is comprised of experimental figure drawings and paintings. During this period, he worked regularly from models and created humanized abstractions by situating the figure within nonrepresentational forms and settings, as seen in Seated Woman #44 (1966).