Ocean Park #49, created by Richard Diebenkorn in 1972, is a piece of Color Field Painting that can be found at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The artwork measures 236.2 x 206.1 cm and consists of oil and charcoal painted on canvas. It is associated with the Abstract Expressionism movement and the Bay Area Figurative Movement.
Diebenkorn drew inspiration for the Ocean Park series from the landscapes and architecture of Ocean Park neighborhood in Los Angeles. The series spanned over two decades consisting of over one hundred paintings, making them some of his most famous works. The artist composed horizontal, diagonal, and vertical planes using luminous colors to create lines throughout the painting.
Expert art critics view this piece as both bold yet calming due to its dynamic use of blue tones combined with soft pinks creating a balance between excitement and serenity. With its sizeable scale, textures made from layering oil paint dominate each section where hard edges overlap blurred boundaries on a canvas home to nearly undetectable charcoal sketches under golden yellows fields that give warmth to otherwise cooler hues here as blues seem to dominate in vibrant energy made almost rhythmic imbuing those who view it with an effortless sense movement along each line allowed only within that horizon line perspective – alluding not just majestic landscape but perhaps timeless qualities one finds delight breathing life into their experiences when encountering such masterpieces as Richard Diebenkorn’s beloved Ocean Park No.49