The Easel

A Good Reason to Visit Baltimore

Richard Diebenkorn was a painter deeply conscious of his debt to tradition. No debt was greater than the one he owed Matisse who showed how colour could be used. As one critic noted “[Matisse] clashed his colours together like cymbals and the effect was like a lullaby”. Or, as Diebenkorn himself commented “It’s the restraint coupled with the sensuousness that’s so utterly exceptional.” More images are here.