Seated Woman with Coffee Pot

Accession Number

Seated Woman with Coffee Pot

Richard Diebenkorn

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
charcoal, black ink, and wash on wove paper

25 in x 19 in (63.5 cm x 48.26 cm);33 in x 26 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in (83.82 cm x 67.94 cm x 3.81 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Herbert Barrows

Subject matter
In the mid 1960s, Diebenkorn drew/printed several similar scenes that depicted a table and chair, sometimes with a figure sitting in a chair at a table. They are shown in his characteristic flattened perspective where the viewer is looking down at the scene and the objects seem to tilt up, creating a decorative surface pattern while remaining representational.  In 1964, Diebenkorn received a Cultural Exchange Grant from the U.S. State Department that allowed him to visit the Soviet Union; Diebenkorn was influenced by Henri Matisse's paintings during this visit, although he was first exposed to his work at a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1952. Diebenkorn was known for his figurative works, and was one of the founding members of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. 1963-1964 is characterized by the artist's lyrical figurative drawings; 1965 was the start of the artist's late figurative works.

See: Interior with Chair and Table (1964) 2000/2.220; Seated Nude (1966) 2000/2.221 ; Woman Seated at Table (1967) 1984/2.22; Untitled (Seated Nude #7) (1965) 1985/2.122; Seated Nude (1965) 2000/2.232

Physical Description
In this print we see a woman in a chair sitting at table. The table is in the foreground and the woman sits behind it. She is wearing a light colored dress and has shoulder length hair and the print is truncated above her eyes so we do not see the top of her head. Four saucers, two mugs, a knife, and coffee pot sit atop table. Drawing is on medium thick, smooth white wove paper.  There are very visible brush strokes across the drawing.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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