ONLINE EXHIBITION: Théodore Tobiasse

(1927-2012)

Theo Tobiasse, master of the Paris School, was born in Jaffa, Israel in 1927 of Lithuanian parents. His father, a Zionist, was a printer and in order to find work, he moved the family to Paris in 1931. Tobiasse has never forgotten his first sight of Paris, the City of Light. During the Nazi occupation of Paris, the Tobiasse family lived hidden for two years in a minuscule apartment in Paris. From July 1942 through August 1944, the family never ventured outside, nor would they turn on the lights or burn candles. Theo spent his time reading, drawing, and playing chess with his father. The chessboard pattern seen in many of Theo’s paintings is symbolic of this time in his life. He attributes his works to his real life experiences. He believes that because of these experiences, he has reached a place of perfect contentment and harmony. This is apparent in his works through the use of colors and textures.

After the war Tobiasse worked for 15 years as a very successful advertising artist, first in Paris and then in Nice. He painted as often as he could during this time, often at night. In 1960 he entered his first art show and won the Grand Prize. Since 1961, Tobiasse has enjoyed incredible worldwide success.

In 1976 he moved his studio to St. Paul-de-Vence where he rediscovered both the sky of Jerusalem and that of Florence. It was in Nice, the city he had adopted upon leaving Paris, that his pictorial expression came into its own. Initially profane and close to certain bestiaries, his subjects rapidly evolved towards reminiscences about his childhood: buses that he had caught sight of on his journey to France, boats with wheels, tea kettles, the warmth of the fireside, the trains when he arrived in Paris at dawn, the smokiness of railway stations, etc. All of these symbols were combined, with Biblical or erotic fantasies and also with the theme of exile, which had become his main interest over the previous few years. Often visible in his more recent work, the theme of exile took on a more dramatic dimension when it began to encompass not only past and present exiles, but the fear of exiles still to come. This background subject, currently his main preoccupation, is woven out of women, children, crowds, but also candelabra, which represent the glow of hope. Since 1980, Theo Tobiasse has travelled a great deal in the United States. Fascinated by New York, he decided to find a place where he could work for several months every year.

This allowed him to work more closely with his friends and dealers, Kenneth and Sherri Nahan. Many exhibitions and one-man shows have been held throughout the world, providing milestones for his work that is to be found in the catalogues of many International Museums. Theo Tobiasse has created monumental works such as the fountain entitled “L’Enfant Fou” for the Arenas Business Centre at Nice Airport, and stained-glass windows for various institutions in Strasbourg and Nice. He also designed costumes and state-set models for Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion”. He has filled many sketchbooks, some of which have been published, and created illustrated works for lovers of fine books, plus etchings and engravings. Theo Tobiasse also discovered a passion for ceramics, producing pottery and dishes, as well as a series of small bronze sculptures. Several monographs have been published on Theo Tobiasse’s work.

His works have been on exhibition throughout the western world and Japan. Tobiasse has also worked in etching, lithography and many more mediums. He is one of the rare artists who truly create original graphics making his own plates and closely supervising all aspects of the printing process.

A sentimental and private individual, Tobiasse puts his innermost feelings into all of his works and his little “secret” into his original paintings: a personal message which he writes in Yiddish and then glues onto the canvas before painting or collaging over it. No one will ever know the message without destroying the painting itself!

(text taken from http://www.elliottgallery.com)

Theodore Tobiasse : David et Bethsabee (David and Bathsheba) at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse French (1927–2012)

David et Bethsabee (David and Bathsheba)

Medium: Color lithograph and carborundum
Year: 1984
Edition : 47/125
Signature: Signed in pencil
Size: 39 x 27 inches
Description: Bathsheba was King David's most famous wife because their marriage came after an illicit extramarital affair at the height of David's reign (circa 1005-965 B.C.). The scholarship around the relationship of Bathsheba and David subsequently has centered on who seduced whom?. In Tobiasse’s rendering, Bathsheba is an exuberant and willing participant in the adulterous affair. This interpretation is made all the more clear in the way Bathsheba very directly offers up her breast, but more more telling is Tobiasse’s inclusion of a target with an arrow on the bulls eye placed on King David’s head.
Stock Number: 43360c
Price: $1200.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Portrait de Famille avec un Bateau at Davidson Galleries

Theodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Portrait de Famille avec un Bateau

Medium: Original color lithograph poster
Year: 1978
Signature: Signed in pencil bottom right
Printer: Pierre Chave, Venice
Size: 28-1/4 x 22-3/4 inches
Stock Number: 45260c
Price: $250.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Carrying The Queen (titles are unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Carrying The Queen (titles are unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Japan
Edition : XXXVIII/LXXV
Signature: Signed
Size: 26 x 19-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48581c
Price: $475.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Le Chant Profend De La Lumiere at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Le Chant Profend De La Lumiere

Medium: Color lithograph
Edition : 29/150
Size: 30 x 21-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48568
Price: $450.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Feast (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Feast (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Japan
Edition : XXXVII/LXXV
Size: 25-3/4 x 19-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48569
Price: $475.00

Theodore Tobiasse : The Toast (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

The Toast (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Japan
Edition : XXXVII/LXXV
Size: 19-1/2 x 26 inches
Stock Number: 48570
Price: $475.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Musicians (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Musicians (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Japan
Edition : XXXVII/LXXV
Size: 19-5/8 x 25-7/8 inches
Stock Number: 48572
Price: $475.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Odalesque And City (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

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Odalesque And City (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Japan
Edition : 165/200
Size: 19-3/4 x 25-7/8 inches
Stock Number: 48573
Price: $450.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Procession (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Procession (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Japan
Edition : XXXVII/LXXV
Size: 19-5/8 x 26 inches
Stock Number: 48574
Price: $475.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Dancing (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Dancing (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Japan
Edition : XXXVIII/LXXV
Size: 25-3/4 x 19-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48577
Price: $475.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Wedding Feast (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Wedding Feast (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Japan
Edition : XXXVIII/LXXV
Size: 25-3/4 x 19-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48579
Price: $475.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Bearded Man (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Bearded Man (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Japan
Edition : 165/200
Size: 19-1/2 x 26 inches
Stock Number: 48582
Price: $450.00

Theodore Tobiasse : Sedan Chair (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only). at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

Sedan Chair (title is unknown, this title is for identifying purposes only).

Medium: Color lithograph on Arches
Edition : 165/200
Size: 19-5/8 x 25-7/8 inches
Stock Number: 48583
Price: $450.00

Theodore Tobiasse : La Princesse et le Bouffon at Davidson Galleries

Théodore Tobiasse (1927 - 2012)

La Princesse et le Bouffon

Medium: Original color lithograph
Year: 1978
Signature: Signed in pencil
Printer: Pierre Chave, Venice
Publisher: Nahan Galleries, New Orleans
Size: 36-1/2 x 22-1/8 inches
Stock Number: 28220
Price: $250.00