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Wayne Thiebaud: Google, cakes and 49 years of art

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Google celebrates its 12th birthday today with a birthday cake courtesy of American artist Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud first burst onto the art scene in 1961 with his luscious-looking cakes and pastries. The National Gallery of Art said that Thiebaud paints the cakes out of a nostalgia for his childhood.

"My subject matter was a genuine sort of experience that came out of my life, particularly the American world in which I was privileged to be," Thiebaud said." I would really think of the bakery counters, of the way the counter was lit, where the pies were placed, but I wanted just a piece of the experience."

Here's a look back on some of Thiebaud's work.

"Cakes"
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art

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"Neapolitan Meringue"
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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"Meringues"

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"Five Rows of Sunglasses"
Gift of the Thiebaud Family, The Phillips Collection.

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"Tie Rack"
Courtesy of the Allan Stone Gallery

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"Three Machines"
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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"Waterland"
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art

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By Melissa Bell  | September 27, 2010; 1:23 PM ET
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Comments

What a pleasant surprise !! Thiebaud is my favorite living American artist. I especially love the whimsical way that he captured San Francisco and, in contrast, the surrounding countryside of Northern California.

I have a commemorative sweatshirt that depicts "Three Machines" that I bought when I went to his exhibition at The California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Posted by: renostaging2005 | September 27, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I had the good fortune to take a painting class from Wayne Thiebaud back in the 80s at UC Davis. The class was all about color, seeing color, creating effects with color and understanding the interplay of colors with each other. The class was fascinating but also very challenging, especially for me. He made it look easy, but of course, he is the preeminent master of color of our time.

Posted by: NWDan | September 27, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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