Making a Modernist: Richard Diebenkorn's Early Artistic Development

Sunday, October 15, 2017
1 - 3 PM

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Two Sundays, October 15 & 22

Ages 18+

In conjunction with the exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942-1955, this course investigates the artistic development of an important American modernist. We will study up-close and in-person the paintings, drawings, and watercolors he produced during his formative period, and gain insight into two aspects of Diebenkorn’s early output:the impact that artists like Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso had on the young artist; and the way that he engaged with recent developments in American art, most notably the rise of Abstract Expressionism. Participants are afforded an opportunity to experience Diebenkorn’s paintings through a historical lens and elevate their abilities to appreciate his significance in American art.

$50 members • $70 nonmembers

Instructor: Kevin Muller

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About the Instructor:

Kevin Muller has taught at University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Chabot College. He has also lectured on the collections at several museums, including the Crocker and the de Young. He received his PhD. from UC Berkeley, and his publications cover three centuries of American art.


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No experience is required unless noted. The Museum provides student-quality supplies included in the fee unless indicated otherwise. Students are welcome to bring their personal supplies; however there is no discount for doing so. Oil paints are not allowed in studio classrooms.

Image Credit:

Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, c. 1947, oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 20 in. Catalogue raisonné no. 572 © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

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