Catalogue entry

P07644 No. 4 from Five Aquatints with Drypoint 1978

Etching with open bite, aquatint and drypoint 10 7/8 × 7 7/8 (277 × 200) on paper 18 7/8 × 13 (480 × 330) watermarked ‘RIVES’, printed by Lilah Toland at Crown Point Press, Oakland, California and published by them
Inscribed ‘4 RD 78’ b.r. and ‘20/35’; impressed with the printer's and publisher's stamp
Purchased at Christie's, New York (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Lit: Richard Diebenkorn: Intaglio Prints, exhibition catalogue, University of California, Santa Barbara, Art Museum, June–September 1979, no. 114 (trial proof repr. p.51)

Having previously had two stints making etchings at Crown Point Press, in 1963–5 and 1977, Diebenkorn returned there in December 1978 to make the set from which this print comes, a single etching and another set entitled ‘Six Softground Etchings’. These prints explore the same subjects as Diebenkorn's paintings but though they are complete works in their own right they relate more closely to his working drawings and studies for compositions. This print, characteristically, relates to his extended series of ‘Ocean Park’ paintings, in which an up-tilted perspective of American West Coast suburban views criss-crossed with roadways is abstracted into a powerful formal vocabulary of shapes and lines: ‘No.4’ ‘is essentially abstract even with the whimsical landscape motif at the top’ (letter from the artist, 1986).

This entry has been aproved by the artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986