Tobey The Man

      Master of Realism

    Beyond Realism
        LIFE & WORK                               MURALS                            FRAGMENTS       
  SOCIAL COMMENTARY                     PORTRAITS                       CURVILINEARS     
       OUTLINE BIO                              PUBLISHED                              LATIN           

The Life and Art of

Master of Realism . . . . and beyond!

 


RECENT NEWS
Each of the active links below will take you to a different news item
about Tobey and his work on our Recent News page:

5/24/09 -- Tobey painting in major exhibit at Hudson River Museum 6/09 - 1/10. Click here for show info, more will follow.
5/18/09 -- $27,050 to benefit Westchester Philharmonic - 30% of Tobey sales to go to orchestra.
1/05/09 -- 2008 Museum discoveries & acquisitions.
12/01/08 -- Tobey WPA paintings now available at Grapefruit Moon Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.
11/23/08 -- Tobey's Alamo painting featured in historical diorama.
11/6/08 -- Tobey portrait of John L. Lewis acquired by museum.
9/5/08 -- Tobey Smithsonian painting licensed for 1,250,000 American Literature textbooks.

8/29/08 -- Three more Tobey portraits discovered in major museums' collections.

5/21/08 -- "Custer's Last Stand" at Bonham's New York.
4/25/08 -- "Tribute to Calder" at the National Arts Club.
2/10/08 -- Tobey works on paper at Doyle New York auction.
1/5/08 -- Teachers gifted free Roots of Westchester mural prints.
12/24/07 -- Illustration magazine article features Tobey.
10/1/07 -- Tobey Curvilinear "Fish" at Manhattan Borough President's office.
6/18/07 -- Columbus, Ohio Messenger newspaper article on Tobey.
3/31/07 -- Tobey's Stradivari licensed to Der Spiegel magazine.
3/1/07 -- Two Tobey paintings acquired by the National Museum of American Illustration.
7/14/06 --
School dedicates its Mural Museum to Tobey.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

          Alton S. Tobey was one of the most prolific and diversified artists of the past century. For over six decades Tobey's murals, published works and thousands of paintings have taken millions of people on amazing visual journeys through world history, science, archaeology and dozens of other subjects.

          His murals and historical paintings are in the collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American Illustration and over a dozen other museums and national memorials. He did hundreds of paintings for Life magazine, The Epic of Man, The Golden Books History of the United States, and for dozens of other books and periodicals. His portrait Brothers United of John F. and Robert Kennedy, and his The Apollo 11 Astronauts have been reproduced in the tens of thousands and circulated worldwide as reproductions prints; and many of his other original works have been immortalized in other forms, such as collectibles.

          This website was launched on Tobey's 90th birthday -- November 5th, 2004 -- to honor him and his life's work. Regrettably, Alton died just two months later; but we hope that this memorial will continue to bring his art to the world, as we also hope that exhibitions of his paintings that are being planned for the future, and a book on his life and art that is being published will. More of his art will be added to this website on a continuing basis, as it beomes available.

          Many of his paintings that you see here are not what you might expect from an artist who was publicly known mostly for his realist and historical art; since Tobey was also a modernist painter, but one who applied all the artistic disciplines he used in his academic traditionalist work to his more abstract and personal creations.

          A number of paintings shown on this website are currently available for purchase direct from the estate. If you are seriously interested in any of Tobey's original paintings for exhibition or purchase, or would like details about the forthcoming book and catalog that is being published on his life and work, please email us.

           Currently there are images of hundreds of Tobey's paintings on more than three dozen web pages on this site, taken from photos of paintings that are in museums, private collections, and some still owned by the artist's estate. To make it easier for you to navigate, the site is divided into three sections: Tobey the Man contains pages about his life and career; Master of Realism, will show you over 300 of his representational paintings; and Beyond Realism will bring you to pages that exhibit some 200 of his less well known modern work. If you wander in your travels, you can always return here at any time by clicking on the "HOME" link at the bottom of any main page. We hope you enjoy your journey and we welcome any questions or comments you may have.

SITE NAVIGATION

TO SAMPLE ANY ONE OF THE MAIN PAGES BELOW JUST CLICK ON ITS HIGHLIGHTED TITLE AND IT WILL OPEN WITH THIS HOME PAGE IN THE BACKGROUND.WHEN YOU ACTUALLY TRAVEL THE SITE AND USE THE NAVIGATION SECTIONS AT THE TOP OR BOTTOM OF ANY OF THE MAIN PAGES THE HOME PAGE WILL NO LONGER REMAIN OPEN, BUT YOU CAN RETURN HERE TO IT AT ANY TIME BY CLICKING ON THE "HOME" LINK IN THE NAVIGATION SECTION AT THE BOTOM OF ANY OF THE PAGES YOU MAY VISIT.

THIS HOME PAGE & SITE MAP -- this home page (where you are now) contains the introduction above and is your site map. You can return here at any time from any of the main pages on the website by clicking on the "HOME" link at the bottom of any of the pages.

Pages in the "Tobey the Man" Section:

HIS LIFE & WORK PAGE, an illustrated narrative biography of Tobey, contains over 57 photos of him as a family man, teacher and artist. This story of his life covers over seven decades, from his early childhood through his years at Yale, his works as a muralist and illustrator and the many exhibitions of both his representational and his more modern personal works.

HIS SOCIAL COMMENTARY PAGE contains over a dozen of Tobey's paintings that are commentaries on the injustices and inequities in society. Tobey felt a responsibility to make statements in his art on many of the world's ills; and insisted that paintings expressing these things be included in many of his one-man and group exhibitions in this country and abroad.

HIS OUTLINE BIO PAGE is an abbreviated opus vitae; a line-item list of his education, teaching credentials, affiliations, memberships, museum collections, awards, publications, corporate collections, government & other projects; one-man and group shows and a partial list of his many murals, portraits of famous people, published works and other references.

Pages in the "Master of Realism" Section:

HIS MAIN MURALS PAGE is the introduction to Tobey's many public murals, for which he was best known in this country. This page links to 13 other pages, and each one of these has more detailed information on a specific mural. The thirteen murals pages contain over 100 images of the murals themselves and details about their creation.

HIS PORTRAITS PAGES have over 40 of Tobey's paintings of people in politics, the arts and sciences; private commissions, and family & friends. His most famous portraits, such as JFK and Robert Kennedy; and The Apollo Astronauts, that were reproduced as prints and circulated globally, can be seen here, and other Portraits pages link from these two main ones.

HIS PUBLISHED WORKS PAGE is an introduction to many other pages of historical paintings that Tobey published in books and magazines. This page also links to illustrated articles that were written about him and his work in national periodicals. Visit each of these additional pages from this main "Published" page, and see over 150 more of his original paintings.

Pages in the "Beyond Realism" Section:

HIS FRAGMENTS PAGES show some 30 of Tobey's giant super realistic paintings of parts of faces, hands and other figurative elements rendered in photographic detail. He evolved this unique style of painting as a development and refinement of extensive work he had done in the creation of his many murals.

HIS CURVILINEARS PAGES currently display over 50 of Tobey's semi-abstract paintings in a style of his own development, based upon the postulate of his favorite scientest, Albert Einstein -- that no straight lines can truly exist in the universe. A complete departure from his realistic work, these paintings developed over the course of some 40 years, from monochromatic works on paper and acetate to three dimensional collages and sculptures. More of these works will be added in the future.

HIS LATIN PAGE is a compendium of 24 of Tobey's mostly transitional paintings, showing the influences that his many exploratory trips for his murals and other historical works in Central and South America had upon his work over the years.

Other Pages

CLICKING ON ANY OF THESE SECONDARY LINKS BELOW
WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THESE PAGES.
THEN USE YOUR BROWSER'S "BACK" BUTTON TO RETURN TO THIS HOME PAGE.

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, COLLECTORS -- Information for art professionals on the availability of paintings from the estate collection for purchase, loan or exhibition.

REMEMBRANCES -- a page devoted to comments and messages of sympathy to the Tobey family on Alton's death on January 4, 2005. If you would like your comments posted on this page, just send us an email.

PRESS -- a page with links to news aricles about the artist since his death and a listing of some of the many other news features and articles that appeared in the media about him and his work during his lifetime.

PARTY -- a page of photos taken at Alton's 90th birthday celebration on November 6, 2004, just two months before his death.

LINKS -- A number of websites that have more information on Alton's work, and some others where you can find valuable information on art in general.

WORKS ON PAPER -- This page contains a few dozen drawings that Tobey completed in preparation for some of his final paintings and murals, and other of his works on paper.


Tobey The Man

      Master of Realism

    Beyond Realism
        LIFE & WORK                               MURALS                            FRAGMENTS       
  SOCIAL COMMENTARY                     PORTRAITS                       CURVILINEARS     
       OUTLINE BIO                              PUBLISHED                              LATIN           

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The Alton Tobey Collection

Judith Tobey, David Tobey; Directors
J. L. Dolice, Curator

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