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"24th Street Intersection" by Wayne Thiebaud

The artist Wayne Thiebaud is known for his paintings of “cakes, pastries…and toilets,” but this 1977 interpretation of a mythical intersection at 24th Street and Mariposa, submitted by friend o’ the blog Jacki, is our favorite – for obvious reasons.

Thiebaud once said:

“I was playing around with the abstract notions of edge – I was fascinated, living in San Francisco, by the way different streets just came in and then just vanished. So I sat out on a street corner and began to paint them.” It was the “sense of edges appearing, things swooping around their own edges that I loved,” he recounted (Wayne Thiebaud: A Paintings Retrospective, exh. cat., Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2000, p. 58).

(via Goldenfiddlr)

5 Comments
  • m | Feb 2, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Where is that? I don’t know Mariposa offhand, and google maps only turns up a Mariposa street that’s parallel to 24th…

  • Jeff Diehl | Feb 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    ha, good point. i’m gonna assume the artist worked off a photo and titled the piece based on an error. that, or the fact that Mariposa doesn’t intersect 24th is part of the painter’s abstraction.

  • m | Feb 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I’m curious to see the spot in person…hmm.

    (Did you add “mythical” to the post since I commented or am I just really spacey?)

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  • calicutie | Feb 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Weather they intersect or not..it’s a great painting! Would love to see more!