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Richard Diebenkorn is known as a painter’s artist. That is, all of his work is characterized by a layered, loose feel, full of scrambled, expressionistic strokes that are attempting to find accuracy, while at the same time disregarding conventional proportions entirely. Diebenkorn’s paintings are not neat. The process it took to arrive at a stopping point has not been hidden. My favorite work of this California artist are his figures and still lives. He helped start a return to painting from life in the mid-fifties and, in doing so, turned out some fresh work that still feels relevant today. He painted with a freedom seldom seen.