Feast for the eyes

Wayne Thiebaud, a California artist who initially trained with Disney, is often perceived as a stepchild to the Pop art movement in America. While his art lacks the consumerist statements that Warhol and Oldenburg infused in their imagery, he focuses instead on food, glorious food laid out again a barren and creamy background. Perhaps because his palette veers towards sorbet-shades and cotton-candy colors, I am inherently delighted by his diner windows, bakery displays, and trays of pâtisseries. His refined and elegant treatment of a Pop subjects offers the viewer all of the fun of Warhol with none of the guilt.

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