Wadsworth Atheneum


Instantly recognizable for their sensuous texture and warm, luminous palette, Wayne Thiebaud's images of cakes, pies, and other ubiquitous store-bought foods brought him to international prominence in the 1960s. His food paintings explore society's fascination with, and ritualistic treatment of, certain culinary items; Thiebaud (American, b. 1920) paints what he has called the "tattletale signs" of our culture.

Thiebaud's formidable talents run to a wide range of other subjects, including figure studies, "aerial" landscapes, and eerily vertiginuos cityscapes, but the images selected for reproduction in this notecard set concentrate on his skewed, good-humored, pensive take on the sweet stuff.

Cake Window (Seven Cakes), 1970-1976
Candy Counter, 1969
Cakes and Pies, 1995
Suckers and Sweets, 2000

20 notecards, 5 each of 4 images.

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