Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter renowned for his artwork in the Expressionism style. His most famous work, Reservoir, was painted in 1999 and is located on canvas with a size of 182 x 152 cm. The artwork, owned by a private collection, is an example of the landscape genre of Expressionism art. Its details – including a landscape by a reservoir or lake – clearly define the view’s natural elements and provide insight into Thiebaud’s deep appreciation for nature.
The art piece displays different shades of wooden browns as foreground juxtaposed with various blues that define the reservoir. Yo-yoing between both shades, Wayne Thiebaud achieves an effect similar to rhythm, making Reservoir one of the most captivating works by him ever created. As he built strong contours around each element to bring this piece to life and drew deep focus into its details, it is clear that he wanted to give his artwork a unique perspective and influence people’s view of landscapes naturally.
Reservoir is an example of Wayne Thiebaud’s brilliant expressionism technique which also inspired other works such as Pies, Pies, Pies in 1961. By applying traditional effects onto paintings filled with sometimes unexpected shapes – like pies – Thiebaud has incorporated visual charm into many creations during his prolific career as an artist.