Art: California in Eupeptic Color

Some landscapes were invented by painters and carry their names. The stone farmhouse on a lavender Proveçnal hill proclaims Cézanne; the shuttered hotel room with a blue glimpse of sea beyond a curlicued balcony announces Matisse. On a less exalted level, can one drive through rural Pennsylvania and not think of Andrew Wyeth? It happens in California too, through the work of Richard Diebenkorn.

If one has admired Diebenkorn's paintings of the late '50s, like Balcony, 1958, or View from the Porch, 1959, one comes to see the coastal suburbs of California in terms...

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