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Théo Tobiasse

Born in 1927 - Israel

BIOGRAPHY

Théo Tobiasse was born in Israel in 1927. Originally from Lithuania, his family hoped to find the promised land there. The work of this artist is pervaded with the themes of exile, of the woman as a mother and a lover and of reminiscences of his childhood in Lithuania, as his parents had to move back there. The datcha in the middle of the green countryside of Kaletova, the lights of the steamers enhanced with colored flags going down the Niémen, the sledges in the snow-covered streets of Kovno, but also the round tea-pots and the paunchy samovars, symbols of the familial warmth…

After crossing through Germany and Berlin, Tobiasse arrives in Paris in 1931 where only a sad and gray station welcomes him. Then follow the dark years of the Nazi occupation, during which the family, although hidden during two years, is decimated. After the Liberation, Tobiasse only dreams of light, sun and a huge sky.

He settles down in Nice, then in Saint-Paul de Vence where he makes the fascinating discovery of the moon landscape of the Saint-Barnabé plateau, at the Col of Vence. It will become his first painting. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam offers him a second revelation : the Jewish bride by Rembrandt unveils the mystery of the material and the colors to him. He understands everything about glaze, mixtures and chiaroscuro…

Memories come back as scraps of his memory and unwind themselves at the end of his paintbrushes : the Woman as a mother and lover, the exile, the exultation of the senses, drawing, blended colors, music, and his travels are mixed in a poetic magma set against the background of Venice, New York and Jerusalem, his towns of predilection. Words and sentences charged with emotion always come punctuate his work, not to explain it but to prolong it…

Painting, sculpture, carborundum etching, pastel, drawing, pottery, stained glass are his tools to express the swallowed emotions.

Theo Tobiasse lived and worked in Saint-Paul de Vence. He died on November 3, 2012.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

1961
Musée du Bastion, Antibes
Musée de l’Athénée, Genève
1962
Galerie Drouant, Paris,
Maxwell Galleries, Los Angeles
Nika, Tokyo
1963
Galerie Leandro, Genève
1964
Madden Galleries, Londres
Galerie Badan, Genève
1965
Waddington Galleries, Montréal
Galerie Marini, Locarno
1966
Predigern Galerie, Zurich
Galerie Paul Valloton, Lausanne
Galerie R. Ferrero, Genève
1967
Waddington Galleries, Montréal
Galerie Romanet, Paris
Madden Galleries, Londres
1968
Samantha Galleries, New York
Madden Galleries, Londres
1969
Galerie Sun Motoyama, Tokyo
1970
Galerie Bernheim, Paris
Waddington Galleries, Montréal
1971
Krone Galleries, Philadelphie
Galerie Suzanne Egloff, Bâle
1973
Galerie Petridès, Paris
Musée des Ponchettes, Nice
International Galleries, Johannesbourg
1974
Galerie Passali, Paris
Galerie Börjeson, Malmö
1975
Galerie Hotz, Johannesbourg
Galerie Vision Nouvelle, Paris
1976
Galerie Art Mural, Paris
1977
Galerie de l’Athénée, Genève
Galerie Aktuaryus, Strasbourg
1978
Nahan Galleries, New Orleans
Galerie Talma, Tel Aviv
Colliers Galleries, Los Angeles
1979
Galerie Drouant, Paris
Galerie Passali, Paris
1980
Marion Scott Galleries, Vancouver
Nahan Galleries, Nouvelle-Orléans
Galleri Victoria, Oslo
1981
Galeria Summa Artis, Mexico
Gallery Laura Pollack, San Diego
1982
Galleri Victoria, Oslo
Nahan Galleries, Nouvelle-Orléans
Eleanor Jeck Galleries, Tucson
1983
Rétrospective, Musée des Ponchettes, Nice
1984
Upstairs Galleries, Los Angeles
Galleri Kunst-Invest, Oslo
1985
Graphic Art Collection, Miami
Carson-Shapiro Gallery, Denver
1986
Renjean Galleries, Boston
Rizzoli Gallery, Chicago
1987
Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, Vence
Vision Nouvelle à Mito, Tokyo et Kokura (Japon)
M. Lawrence Galleries, Los Angeles
1988
Nahan Galleries, New York
1989
Galerie Ferrero, Nice
Inauguration de la Chapelle Saint-Sauveur
1990
Nahan Galleries, New York
1991
Vision Nouvelle, « Hommage à Tobiasse », dans plusieurs villes japonaises, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe et Fuokoka
Dimensions Art Center, Taïpeï
Galerie Saphir, Paris
1992
Rétrospective, Château-musée, Cagnes-sur-Mer
1993
Bibliothèque Nationale, Cabinet des Estampes, Paris
1994
Galerie Elysée Matignon, Paris
1996
Galerie Aktuaryus, Strasbourg
1998
Musée de St-Paul de Vence, « Petits délires pour inventer sa vie »
1999
Galerie Ram & Konsthandel AB, Helsingborg
2000
Rétrospective, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Menton
2001
Galerie Nobel, Oslo
Galerie Saltiel, Cannes
2002
Galerie Klimantiris, Montréal (Canada)
Castello della Lucertola, Apricale, Italie
2008
Galerie Ada Loumani, Valbonne
2009
Espace André Verdet, Saint-Paul de Vence, “Le cantique des cantiques”
Suivi d’un livre éponyme publié aux Editions Galerie Saltiel, 2009
2013
Musée de la Citadelle de Villefranche-sur-Mer, “Tobiasse Intime/Ultime”
Galerie Ada Loumani, Valbonne, “Moments d’atelier”

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