Happy 92nd Birthday to Wayne Thiebaud!
From our website: Thiebaud is best known for his paintings of cakes, pies, and candies arranged in classic diner or cafeteria style. Thiebaud depicts these objects as commodities, their emphasis on appearance as much as taste. He achieved this effect through serial repetition, synthetic colors, and, famously, by painting with a knife, as if he were spreading the “frosting” onto his cakes. By focusing on sugary foodstuffs, Thiebaud updated the traditional still-life genre for the age of mass production and consumption.
Pictured: Blue Bottle pastry chef Caitlin Williams Freeman’s sweet interpretation of Thiebaud’s Cakes (click through to see the original painting!), shot last year for Martha Stewart. Blue Bottle will be baking cakes from this series today, so come stop by for a slice!