Richard Diebenkorn was an American painter born in 1922 whose notable work has given him international critical acclaim. During the early part of his career, his work was considered part of the abstract expressionism movement, along with other artists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. He was later associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement Generation and was one of the first artists in this movement to abandon non-objective painting, for working with the figure instead.
His passion for drawing came at a young age as it is said that from the age of 4 or 5, he was continually drawing. Diebenkorn started at Stanford University in 1940 and from 1943 to 1945 served in the United States Marine Corps. Post WWII, the US drew a lot of attention from the art world and when Diebenkorn was studying at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco he began to create his own unique flair of abstract expressionism. His Ocean Park series, is often cited as one of the most beautiful works of art created in America or anywhere else since the Second World War. I
n 1979 Diebenkorn became an Associate member of the National Academy of Design and was credited with the National Medal of Arts in 1991. His ‘Ocean Park #48’ painting sold for $13.25 million at Christie’s New York in 2012 and remains his most expensive painting sold to date.