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IIt was at the beginning of the 1980s that Tobiasse set up his second studio in New York. The energy and the outrageousness of this city set him free from the constraints of his formats. His paintings exploded from their frames. His sculptures became monumental. It was a new departure.
Bronze, 2m60, 2005
Clay mock-up, 30 cm, future Vénus of Saint-Paul de Vence,1983
Cardboard mock-up, 15 cm, 1989
The Bird of Light
Steel and paint, 3m, private collection, 2016
The Acrobat Dancer
Cut-out steel, 3m, painted black and white, 1997
Monumental totem sculpture made up of polychrome cut-out steel, strata h 2.60 x l 1.47 x w 1.20 m, 1989
Plaster, 140 x 85 cm, 1980
Bronze, black patina, 30 cm, 1980
Fountain, 6 m, back, 1990
Fountain, 6 m, front, 1990
Installed on the forecourt of the Arénas, in the business district of Nice, in 1990, this fountain presents on one side a child’s head. On the other side can be read: “The mad child is the child who sees through the child the looks of the children who are looking at the mad child”.
As often in Tobiasse’s work, words are part of the work and hollow out their own mystery.
Cardboard mock-up, 35 x 35 x 46 cm, 1988
Paper mock-up 20 x 20 x 20 cm
Steel and paint, 120 x 90 x 90 cm, 1980
Bronze, 160 x 155 cm, 2003
This sculpture represents Moses, angry upon discovering the Hebrews idolizing the Golden Calf. This character always fascinated Tobiasse, who saw him as a great, irascible visionary.
Bronze, 130 cm, 1999
Plaster, 58 cm, 1999
Bronze, 30 cm, 1986
Plaster, 30 cm, 1986
Bronze, 27 cm, 1988
Gilt bronze, 35,5 x 23 x 12 cm, 1969
Gilt bronze, 26 x 38 x 14 cm, 1976
Bronze, 1m60, 2007
Bronze, 2m30, 2007
Pastel on wood panels, 151 x 160 cm, 1988
Pastel on wood panels, 151 x 200 cm, 1988
Immersion in the world of his studio … A place where passion abided and where the interaction of colour, imagination and music took place in an outrageous fashion occasioning heaps of piles. Thus books, writing, photos, sketches, dolls’ heads and old bits of cardboard climbed up the walls and ran down the stairs. Everything Théo brought into the studio was projected into his works.