Cakes (1963) by Wayne Thiebaud

Cakes - Wayne Thiebaud - 1963

Artwork Information

ArtistWayne Thiebaud
Dimensions152.4 x 182.9 cm
Art MovementPop Art
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

About Cakes

The artwork entitled “Cakes” by artist Wayne Thiebaud, created in 1963, exemplifies the Pop Art movement through its use of the still life genre. It is an oil painting with dimensions of 152.4 x 182.9 cm and is part of the collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The painting displays Thiebaud’s signature style, using thick paint application and exaggerated colors to depict everyday objects.

“Cakes” features a series of richly decorated cakes, each with its unique design and decoration, placed on individual stands. The use of light and shadow in conjunction with the varied hues and tones not only accentuates the volume and texture of each cake but also contributes to the overall composition’s sense of depth. Thiebaud’s careful balance between realism and abstraction enables viewers to feel both the familiarity with the subject matter and an appreciation for the artistic interpretation. The elevated angles and the isolated presentation of the cakes on a light-hued background, which is characteristic of Thiebaud’s work, foster a detached observer’s perspective, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary and encouraging contemplation on consumerism and mass culture.

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