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Wayne Thiebaud papers, 1944-2001

Contents and Arrangement

The Wayne Thiebaud papers are arranged as five series.

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Series 1: Printed Material , 1965-2001, undated
(Box 1-2; 12 folders)

Printed materials consisting of exhibition catalogs, announcements and invitations primarily from Thiebaud's later career and incomplete. Also found are photocopies of early comic strips by Thiebaud and numerous postcards, notecards, and greeting cards depicting Thiebaud's imagery. This series also includes a 1989 interview with Wayne Thiebaud conducted by Constance Lewellan for Crown Point Press and an undated press packet for A Piece of Cake, a short documentary on the artist's work.
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Exhibition catalogs, 1967-1972
1
1
Exhibition catalogs, 1976-1990
1
2
Exhibition catalogs, 1990-1993
1
3
Exhibition catalogs, 1993-1997
1
4
Exhibition catalogs, 1998-2000
1
5
Exhibition announcements and invitations, 1973-2001, undated
1
6
Miscellaneous printed material depicting Thiebaud's artwork, 1981-2000, undated
1
7
Greeting cards, note cards, post cards depicting Thiebaud's artwork, 1965-1999
2
1-2
Printed Interview Transcript by Constance Lewallen (Crown Point Press), 1989
2
3
Photocopies of comic strips by Wayne Thiebaud, 1949, undated
2
4
Press material for documentary film, A Piece of Cake, undated
2
5

Series 2: Writings , 1981, undated
(Box 2; 1 folder)

One folder containing undated photocopies of teaching notes for a color drawing class Thiebaud taught at the University of California at Davis. Also found is a 1981 article Thiebaud wrote for the New York Times on the Italian painter Giorgio Morandi.
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Notes and writings by Wayne Thiebaud, 1981, undated
2
6

Series 3: Photographs , 1944-1990, undated
(Box 2; 1 folder)

Fourteen photographs dating from the mid-1940s through the 1990s (color and black and white copy photographs) depicting Wayne Thiebaud teaching classes, and with various artists, including Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Estes, Gregory Kondos, Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Philip Pearlstein, Mel Ramos, Harold Rosenberg, and others. Also found are 4 x 5 inch negatives of photographs of artwork and the images above.
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Photographs, 1944-1990, undated
2
7

Series 4: Original artwork , undated
(Box 2, OV 3; 1 folder, 1 OV folder)

Original artwork by Thiebaud including ten cartoon ink drawings on plain copy paper, ten large format sketchbook pages (drawings on front and back on many pages) with numerous drawings in ink, graphite, or watercolor of his typical imagery of pies, cakes, tie racks, San Francisco street scenes, Sacramento Delta landscapes, many figures, storefronts, counters, and personal notations regarding color, light, and ideas for the transformation of his imagery.
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Ten pen and ink cartoon drawings on plain paper, undated
2
8
Ten oversized sketchbook pages with ink, graphite, and watercolor imagery, undated
OV 3

Series 5: Ephemera , undated
(Box 4; 3 items and one shoe box)

Found here are several of Thiebaud's paint brushes, a paper palette with multiple colors of acrylic paint, plastic lids from tennis ball containers used for mixing colors, and a wrist watch with Thiebaud imagery.
Description Container Select
Loose items: paint brushes, paper palette, one wristwatch, undated
4
Shoe box with plastic lids used for mixing paints, undated
4

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.