Goodbye to Wayne Thiebaud and his sweet pop art brushstrokes


El renowned postwar American painter Wayne thiebaud, He died last Saturday at the age of 101.

Noted for his paintings of donuts, ice creams and birthday cakes, he was associated with pop art, although his style was different from that of Andy Warhol.



Born in Arizona on November 15, 1920, Wayne Thiebaud, began his professional career with Disney until he served in the United States Air Force in World War II.

During this period he worked as an illustrator for an Army newspaper, before studying Fine Arts at California State University in Sacramento.

The vivid colors, thick brushstrokes and its nostalgic touch were influenced by the still lifes of Giorgio Morandio the chromatic optimism of Joaquín Sorolla.



Already in the sixties his sweet creations earned him a member of pop art, which although he remained aloof from it, explored mass culture through a warm figurative realism.



During the last years of his life, Thiebaud remained as Professor of Art at Sacramento Junior College and the University of California, until his retirement at age 70. However, his desire to teach overcame him, so he continued teaching as a professor emeritus.

"Wayne Thiebaud had a profound and lasting influence on our university, but his legacy transcends UC Davis," said Chancellor Gary S. May, after unveiling the news of his death.

Recognized as one of America's most beloved artists, he set auction record in 2020 with Christie's for his painting Four Pinball Machines (1962), which sold for more than $ 19.1 million.