Richard Diebenkorn

American; b. Portland, 1922–d. Berkeley, CA, 1993

Ocean Park #83


oil on canvas
100 x 81 in. (254 x 205.7 cm)

Museum purchase with the aid of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the William A. Clark Fund, and Mary M. Hitchcock
© The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn


In 1967, Richard Diebenkorn abandoned the figurative style he used during the previous decade and began a series of more than 140 paintings known as the Ocean Park Series. These works are named after the suburban community near his home in Santa Monica, California. The Ocean Park Series consists of often-monumental geometric abstractions formed of panes of luminous color. Because of their sun-bleached palette and allusions to the coast and sky, many people have read these works as landscapes. Whatever their specific reference, the works are powerful investigations of color, light, and space in an abstract mode.