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Wayne Thiebaud, Lake Mountain, 2019, oil on canvas, 48 × 36".

Wayne Thiebaud, Lake Mountain, 2019, oil on canvas, 48 × 36".

Wayne Thiebaud

Acquavella Galleries

Forget the cakes, ice creams, and pastries that pop into your head when you hear “Wayne Thiebaud.” Nothing was sugarcoated in the mountainous solitary landscapes that appeared at Acquavella. Across thirty-three works in sundry media—oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, gouache, and assorted types of prints—the artist confronted vertiginous territories with the same enchanted, impassioned eye as that of Caspar David Friedrich. Altitude doesn’t frighten Thiebaud, because he’s able to convey monumental scale, even in more modestly sized pieces. His vision extends over spectacular, unobstructed vistas—and for this exhibition his signature, cartoonlike clouds morphed into soft puffs of cotton. When dramatic diagonals bisect the picture plane, hillsides and ridges become studies of geometry, proportion, and gravity. Frontal views of majestic canyon passes are meditations on luminosity, while

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