Lot Details

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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Tears / Holes
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Area: Margin
Location: Other location
Notes: Tiny holes at corners and edges from previous display.
Degree: Moderate

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Nahan Galleries, New York, NY; Private collection, CA
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 19.69 x 11.81 in. (50.01 x 30 cm.)
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