July 20, 1880
|Died||March 14, 1938 (aged 57)|
Tobeen (Bordeaux, July 20, 1880 - Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, March 1938) is the pseudonym of the French artist Félix Bonnet.
Tobeen stayed frequently in the western part of thé Pyrenees, Basque Country, but was born and bred in Bordeaux. Because of his frequent reference to Basque subjects within his paintings he became known as a Basque artist. However, he was not a Basque and neither were his parents.
From 1910 he worked in Paris where he maintained relations with the group of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and with the group of the Duchamp brothers (Gaston, Raymond and Marcel) in Puteaux. He exhibited eleven works at the Salon de la Section d'Or, Galerie La Boétie, Paris, October 1912.
But Tobeen was not a city-dweller. He loved a life of liberty, the sea, the woods and after 1920 he settled in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. Tobeen's paintings, drawings and woodcarvings show the traces of his Parisian period and his passion for the poetry in human life.
- Salon de la Section d'Or, Galerie La Boétie (Paris), 1912
- Armory Show (New York), 1913
- Mánes Union of Fine Arts, Mánes Pavilion, (S.V.U. Manes), Prague, 1914
- Tobeen, un poète du cubisme: Bordeaux, Galerie Musée des Beaux Arts, 2012 June 8 - September 16
- Centraal Museum, Utrecht
- Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
- In former times Scheringa Museum of Realist Art, Spanbroek
- Musée basque et de l'histoire de Bayonne, Bayonne
- Musée des beaux-arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
- Musées Menton, collection Wakefield, Menton
- Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Nancy
3.Tobeen, un moderne chez les Basques, biography by Goikoetxea Jean Paul, ed. Pimientos, 2012.
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