Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Why I Love Wayne Thiebaud*

Wayne Thiebaud

This Is Not a Bathrobe

Wayne Thiebaud was born in 1920. The following is from Leah Garchik's column today in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Wayne Thiebaud, who spoke at the San Jose Museum of Art's annual Council of 100 dinner last week, drew the biggest crowd ever at the event. Senior Curator JoAnne Northrup asked Thiebaud about a painting he made of a bathrobe, her favorite. This event was not taped, so the quotes that follow are approximate ...

"Why did you choose that?" asked Northrup. "What does it mean to you?"

"Heroes are really important in our society," said Thiebaud, "but really the things that matter most are family and home, whether it's your daily cup of coffee or a warm bathrobe. ... The simple pleasures are really important in life. Wouldn't it be great to have a society where you didn't need heroes?"