12.02.2021 — 18.07.2021

United States of Abstractions

Artistes Américains en France, 1946-1964

Mark Tobey

Musée d'Arts de Nantes, France

The Post World War-II period is a turning point in Art History. Artists and works of arts begin to circulate internationally, mainly between France and the United States. Mark Tobey is amongst the American artists, whose vision of Art radically transformed the French Abstract Movement. Above all, Mark Tobey was inspired by his travels to the Middle East and Asia. In 1961, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris organised a retrospective on Mark Tobey, the first important exhibition in France on an American artist

Jeanne Bucher met Mark Tobey during her trip to the United States in 1945, and she brought back to France some works of the American artist with the intention to show them to the Parisian public. Ever since, the gallery has been presenting Mark Tobey’s work, most recently in the major solo show entitled “Tobey or not to be ?”.

United States of Abstraction shows how the relationship between French and American Artists, as in the case of Mark Tobey, initiated a profound evolution in Abstract Art after the War.


For this exhibition, the gallery lends three works on paper: Totem, 1954 from the private collection De Bueil & Ract-Madoux and Rive gauche and White Space both 1955, from the collection of the gallery.

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Mark Tobey, Rive gauche, 1955
Tempera on paper
24 × 25,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, White Space, 1955
Tempera on paper
8 × 12,4 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Totem, 1954
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Tempera on paper
10,1 × 7,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi