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Théo Tobiasse (French, 1927–2012)
LOT ID: 82274
Miroir où se reflètent les enfants de l'Exil, 1983

Pastel, on Embossed Paper
19.69 х 11.81 in. (50.01 x 30 cm.)
Signed, titled, and dated recto; inscribed verso
Lot description
Executed in 1983, this complex and richly colored work by Théo Tobiasse depicts a surreal scenario in which symbols of the erotic and of the infantile are strangely intermingled. The French title, inscribed recto in the artist's hand, translates to the phrase, "The mirror reflecting the children of Exile"-- an allusion to the experience of exile in the artist's personal history, as well as in his cultural heritage.

Artwork measures 19.69 x 11.81 inches (50 x 30 cm).

Born in Israel to Lithuanian parents, painter Théo Tobiasse (1927-2012) moved with his family to Paris, France at the age of seven. Tobiasse worked successfully as a commercial designer until 1961, when he began to focus primarily on painting. Infused with a surrealist sensibility, Tobiasse’s expressive works draw heavily on the motifs of literature, mythology, folklore, and the Bible. Exile, nostalgia, and the erotic are common themes in Tobiasse’s work, which is represented in the collections of the Louvre Museum, Paris, France and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, among others. He was also an accomplished sculptor, ceramicist, and designer of stained glass windows. He lived in Saint Paul de Vence, France until his death in 2012.
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Miroir où se reflètent les enfants de l'Exil by Théo Tobiasse
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