Wayne Thiebaud turns 96 years young today, so it’s a perfect time to take a look at five of his beautiful cake paintings. The American painter is most known for his very colorful paintings of ordinary objects with an emphasis on tasty desserts. I feel a strong connection to his color palette. Thiebaud is certainly not afraid of color as many painters seem to be. I do not paint cakes, however, perhaps the waiter is serving up cake in my painting Waiter. Also, I’m guessing there are cakes somewhere in Carnival. Here are five cake paintings by Mr. Thiebaud that caught my eye.  Make sure to also check out his paintings of lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, hot dogs, and pastries.

Wayne Thiebaud Photo Artist Recent Current

Wayne Thiebaud 2016 – Photo by Vonn Sumner


Wayne Thiebaud Cakes 1963 Paintings

Wayne Thiebaud, Cakes – Oil on Canvas 1963 (National Art Gallery Washington)


Wayne Thiebaud Lemon Cake Art Painting

Wayne Thiebaud, Lemon Cake,  1983 Art © Wayne Thiebaud


Wayne Thiebaud Dessert Circle Painting

Wayne Thiebaud, Dessert Circle, 1992-1994, Art © Wayne Thiebaud


Wayne Thiebaud Dark Cake Woodcut

Color Woodcut, Art © Wayne Thiebaud


Wayne Thiebaud Mickey Minnie Mouse Cakes

Wayne Thiebaud, Mickey and Minnie Cakes 1988, Art © Wayne Thiebaud