Tobeen (Félix Bonnet) - Nature morte aux pommes
Tobeen (Félix Bonnet)
Nature morte aux pommes
Oil on canvas 70.2 x 46.3 cm Framed. Signed 'Tobeen' (scratched into paint) lower right. On the reverse additionally signed and inscribed 'Tobeen 79 rue de Dunkerque Paris'. - Faint craqueleur.
Tobeen, actually Félix Elie Bonnet, lived in Paris from 1907 onwards. He achieved his artistic breakthrough in 1912, when he exhibited his work in the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d'Automne; three of his works were shown a year later at the Armory Show in New York. Solo and group exhibitions followed in the Parisian galleries Blot (1917), Haussmann (1921) and Druet (1927). After an early phase influenced by Cubism, Tobeen moved on to a realistic-poetic style after the First World War; above all, his still lifes of the 1920s and 1930s display an affinity to the New Objectivity in Germany. Through the purchase of two of his works for the Kröller-Müller Museum in 1927 and the sale of his works through the Amsterdam art dealers Huinck and Scherjon beginning in 1928, he additionally became known in the Netherlands.
The work is included in the the catalogue raisonné of works by Tobeen currently under preparation under the no. CRJRG no. 121. We would like to thank Jean Paul Goikoetxea, Urrugne/France, for kind confirmatory information dated 3 October 2014.
Former Collection Alfred Hoh, Fürth; private possession, Rhineland
Rosella Huber-Spanier, Tobeen, un poète du cubisme, Bordeaux 2012, p. 139, with colour illus. no. 109