How Diebenkorn Abstracts the Figure
Watch the diagonals: how they form shapes, intersect with each other, and divide the canvas. See how he crops in close, balancing the positive and negative shapes to be equal in weight, colliding the diagonals with the edge of the canvas or paper, so the edge also becomes a shape. I can hear him: “Bend your elbow, bend your knee, put your hand to your face, put your hand to your knee, lean.” Every shape is an angle.
The lady’s legs, they’re a bit like scissors.