Walk: Not Much - H-o-t
Distance: Not far, small yoga just to get the kinks out
Wayne Thiebaud, Two Kneeling Figures, 1966, oil on canvas
It's still suddenly summer out here this Fall. Bathing suit weather, (but who wears those these days?). Here is Wayne Thiebaud's wife and constant model, Betty, painted in two suits.
Is she hot or cold, happy or sad, available or guarded, inside or outside? Without losing her identity, Thiebaud has transformed her into an icon, stylized, enigmatic. Perhaps carrying the weight of hisory on her strong, bare shoulders. In many ways these could be Greek marble statues of women.
Peplos Kore, dedicated to the goddess Athena on the Akropolis in Athens c.530 BCE
But then before the Greeks were the Egyptians and the Babylonians
and those ancient stone age carvings
Venus of Parzadzik
And what about the East and Russia and Persia? Has Thiebaud's female image taken us back to the beginning of civilization and traced its artistic expression? Silence encapsulates the answer: Like most artists, Wayne Thiebaud is not in the explaining business.