Ocean Park, No. 6
1968 Richard Diebenkorn Born: Portland, Oregon 1922 Died: Berkeley, California 1993 oil on canvas 91 3/4 x 71 3/4 in. (233.2 x 182.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Arthur J. Levin in memory of his beloved wife Edith © 1968, Richard Diebenkorn 1999.17 Not currently on view
In Ocean Park, No. 6, overlapping planes of color suggest Richard Diebenkorn's view from above as he flew over Southern California, noting the "ghosts of former tilled fields [and] patches of land being eroded." The progression evokes a flattened topographical image of dry hills descending to roads, sand, and water. With this monumental painting, which measures nearly eight feet high, Diebenkorn upends the traditional landscape format from a long horizontal to a vertical. Ocean Park, No. 6 is an early painting in a series Diebenkorn went on to pursue in more than one hundred artworks.
paint - oil
fabric - canvas