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RECENT NEWS ABOUT ALTON TOBEY


2008 MUSEUM DISCOVERIES, ACQUISITIONS

January 5, 2008 -- In an effort to accurately record the extent of Alton Tobey's works held by public institutions we now can proudly add the Hudson River Museum, West Point Museum and the Museum of East Tennessee History to the growing list of museums that have an Alton S. Tobey painting in their collections.

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Paintings in the collection of the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York:

 
A Dutch Settlement
Oil on board 15.5 x 11.5
The Golden Books, p. 63.

 
Indian Life along the Hudson Valley
Oil on Masonite 8 x 16
The Golden Books, p. 45.

 
Henry Hudson's Half Moon
Oil on canvas 16 x 16
The Golden Books, p.48, 49

At West Point Museum, West Point, NY:

 
Mycenaean Warrior

Oil on Masonite, 20 x 24.

Cover for LIFE magazine (International Edition), 4/29/57.

At The Museum of East Tennessee History, Knoxville, TN:

 
The Battle of Mobile Bay
Oil on canvas, 14,5 x 22 inches
The Golden Books History of The United States, Vol. V pp. 440&441.

Anyone knowing of paintings by Alton Tobey in museums that are not listed on his summary biography page on this site are invited to contact us with information. Museums interested in acquisitions of any of Tobey's paintings please contact us.




TOBEY'S BATTLE AT THE ALAMO USED IN HISTORICAL DIORAMA

November 23, 2008 -- The Battle at The Alamo, a well-known oil painting by Tobey has been incorporated into a major diorama completed this month by the well known diorama maker Tom Munson of Chagrin Falls, Ohio after three years of work.

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The Original Tobey "Battle at The Alamo"

 
The Munson Diorama

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         The original painting was commissioned in 1962 for a two page spread on pages 344 & 345 of the 12 volume set of The Golden Books History of The United States, and is one of some 350 paintings that Tobey created for the 12-volume series.

         More information on Tom Munson and his dioramas are in two feature articles that appeared about him and his work in
Old Toy Soldier and Toy Soldier and Figure Collector magazines, posted here as PDFs with permission of the publishers.


TOBEY PORTRAIT OF JOHN L. LEWIS
ACQUIRED BY THE JOHN L. LEWIS MEMORIAL MUSEUM OF MINING AND LABOR

November 6, 2008 -- The John L. Lewis Memorial Museum of Mining and Labor in Lucas Iowa today acquired Tobey's portrait of the labor leader John L. Lewis for whom their museum was named, to their permanent collection. John L. Lewis was born in 1880 in a coal mining camp adjacent to Lucas.

The portrait of the labor leader, an oil on canvas measuring 40 x 30 inches, is one of the largest of any of Tobey's many portraits of the hundreds he did of famous people in the arts, sciences and political life in the course of his six decade career.

The J. L. Lewis Museum is part of a commission organized in 1986 to assist in the renovation of Mr. Lewis' hometown of Lucas, to honor any and all related areas of Labor and to aid in an advisory capacity, any business related to the tourism development of Lucas, Iowa.

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TOBEY PAINTING CHOSEN
FOR MAJOR TEXTBOOK ON AMERICAN LITERATURE

September 5, 2008 -- An oil painting that Tobey created in 1939 as a preliminary study for one of his historical murals at the Hartford, Connecticut Post Office has been licensed by publisher McDougal Littell, a division of the Houghton Mifflin Company for inclusion in a second of two printings that total 1,250,000 copies of their textbook on American Literature. The original Tobey painting is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. In the book it illustrates Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story The Minister's Black Veil, that describes Puritan culture and relationships in an 18th-century Puritan town. More information on the mural itself can be found on this site on the web page featuring it.

McDougal Littell Literature invites students to explore the world of art, literature, and life�s big questions. The unique organization around clusters of standards allows for the teaching of major literary concepts across genre. Standards that belong together are taught together. Students analyze fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and media across clusters of standards. Special features support visual and media literacy, along with research strategies. More information on this unique series of textbooks can be found on the publisher's web page about them.

 

Cover of the 1300-page Houghton Mifflin Harcourt text on American Literature that includes the image of the Tobey Painting.

 

Page 462 of the literary textbook showing the photo of the 1939 painting. Its title is "The Last Halt of Hooker's Band".

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THREE MORE TOBEY PORTRAITS
DISCOVERED IN MAJOR MUSEUMS' COLLECTIONS

August 29, 2008 -- Tobey's portraits of author Thornton Burgess, opera singer Robert Merrill and former New York State Governor and statesman Al Smith have been reported to us today to be in the permanent collections of three more important museums: The National Portrait Gallery, The Metropolitan Opera Association Museum and The Museum of The City of New York, respectively.

Images of these paintings will be shown on this page as soon as they are available. For more information on them, see the SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information System) official listing. Any visitors to this web site who own original paintings by Alton Tobey (that are not reproductions, prints or other collectibles) are encouraged to contact us. Please send whatever information you have about them to us by email, including an image if possible. Thank you.

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TOBEY'S CUSTER'S LAST STAND
AUCTIONED MAY 21ST

May 21, 2008 -- Alton Tobey's Custer's Last Stand, a painting created by him for The Golden Books History of the United States was sold in one of this season's major American Paintings auctions today, at the new salesrooms of Bonhams New York at 580 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.

Custer's Last Stand is an oil on canvas, 15-1/2 x 16-1/2 inches. To see the posting and sales result, visit the offical listing on Bonham's own web site.

 
Custer's Last Stand
#121. Oil on canvas on board, 15-1/2 x 16-1/2, 1962
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TOBEY'S TRIBUTE TO CALDER
ON LOAN TO THE NATIONAL ARTS CLUB

April 25, 2008 -- Alton Tobey's Tribute to Calder, a portrait of the famous artist who was best known for his geometric sculptures and mobiles, was exhibited at a meeting of The Calder Foundation held at The National Arts Club in New York City Thursday evening April 24th, 2008. The club, founded in 1898 is one of the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Since 1906, the NAC has been housed in the Tilden Mansion on Gramercy Park, and is one of the most active arts organizations in the country, with a regular program of exhibitions in it's galleries, and other cultural events on an almost daily basis. More information on the National Arts Club can be found on the club's own web site.

Tobey's late period Curvilinear paintings were greatly influenced by Calder, as seen in a motif in the lower left part of the Calder portrait where Tobey included phantom images of his curvilinear forms. In an April 4th email to the Tobey Collection's curator, club President O. Aldon James described the painting as "a great addition to the evening". Tobeys' paintings are available for loan to other museums and arts organizations for special events such as these. For information contact the Tobey collection by email. Click on the image below to view a larger version.

 

Alexander Calder
#459. Oil on canvas, 20 x 24
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TWO PSEUDONYMOUS TOBEY OILS ON PAPER
FEATURED IN DOYLE NEW YORK AUCTION

February 12, 2008 -- Two of Alton Tobey's paintings were sold today in Doyle New York's tenth annual Dogs in Art Auction as lot #2083. The two oils paintings on paper were originally created to be published as prints and had been signed by Tobey pseudonymously as Stan on the front of each, with Tobey's actual signature on the back of one. Results from the Doyle official site are posted on a copy of the auction house's official site. To receive information on other recent auctions of Tobey paintings, please email us.

 

"Up A Tree" by Tobey
Oil on board 13 x 16

 

"In The Trap" by Tobey
Oil on board 13 x 16

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FALL 2007 ISSUE OF ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE
FEATURES TOBEY'S LIFE AND WORK

December 24, 2007 -- A 20-page feature article on Alton Tobey appeared in the Fall (#20) issue (cover shown below) of Illustration magazine, the world's leading periodical about famous illustrators. The complete article, including photos of over twenty of Tobey's paintings from his early murals, his illustrations for LIFE maazine and his books, and his modernistic Curvininear work is available for download as a PDF from this website by going to our Illustration Article Download page.

 


Illustration Magazine issue #20 Fall, 2007

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FREE TOBEY ROOTS PRINTS
GIFTED TO WESTCHESTER TEACHERS

December 15, 2007 -- Teachers in Westchester New York K-12 schools who would like to receive a free print of Alton Tobey's "Roots of Westchester" mural as offered in the current issues of Art Times or in the Westchester Arts Council's Arts News supplement to the Westchester County Business Journal please see more information on our Roots Mural Prints information page.

 

 
      The 20x30 inch Tobey Roots print and it's legend above, being gifted to Westchester teachers as an educational resources in exchange for completing a short seven question survey about it.

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TOBEY'S CURVILINEAR FISH
EXHIBITED AT THE MANHATTAN BOROUGH PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

October 1, 2007Fish" shown below was exhibited in a group show of paintings by artist members of the Contemporary Artists Guild at the Gallery at The Office of The Manhattan Borough President from October 1st through October 29th. This paintings had also been shown previously in an exhibition at Broome Street Gallery in New York City in May of this year.

       The painting is a bas relief constructed of dimensional metallic polymers overlaid on a background of vivid red and black acrylic, which is also structural in part. "Fish" is only one of the many modern paintings that Tobey created in this Curvilinear style, that can be seen on his
Curvilinears Page on this web site.

Alton Tobey: "Fish"
#444. Metallic bas relief & acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.

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ARTICLE ON TOBEY APPEARS IN
THE COLUMBUS OHIO MESSENGER

June 18th, 2007 -- John Matuszak, Managing Editor of The Columbus Messenger (Columbus Ohio) newspapers wrote an article on June 2007 about Alton Tobey that can be read on our articles page for those who may be interested.

 

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TOBEY STRADIVARI PAINTING
LICENSED TO DER SPIEGEL MAGAZINE

March 31, 2007 -- Tobey's painting of the world's most famous violin maker, Antonio Stradivari was licensed this week to Der Spiegel, one of Europe's most influential magazines with a circulation of over a million copies weekly, for inclusion in a forthcoming article in their series of feature articles on this famous violin maker.

        The original painting, Portrait of Antonio Stradivari, currently in the Special Collections of Oberlin College was created by Tobey in 1971 after being commissioned by the world's preëminent authority on Stradivari violins, Herbert Goodkind. The portrait was used on the cover of Goodkind's encyclopedic book: Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari, and five years later was a major part of a 1776 feature article on Alton S. Tobey titled The Artist as Researcher in American Artist magazine. Information on Tobey's extensive research involved in the Stradivari painting's execution can be found at this link to the text of the 1976 American Artist
feature article on Alton Tobey about the creation of the Stradivari painting.


Portrait of Antonio Stradivari by Alton S. Tobey, 1971.
Collection of Oberlin College Library, Oberlin Ohio.

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TOBEY HISTORICAL PAINTINGS ACQUIRED BY
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION

March 1, 2007 -- Two original oil paintings shown below, created in 1963 by Alton S. Tobey for The Golden Books History of The United States were added to the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport Rhode Island. These two of Tobey's historical works can now be seen displayed together with this museum's extensive collection of paintings by Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, N.C. Wyeth and a dozen other of the best and most famous of American artists of The Golden Age of Illustration. For more information on the NMAI and a tour of the museum, visit their website.


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Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders
Oil on canvas, 18.5 x 26.5 inches
For The Golden Books History of the United States, 1963,
Vol. 7, pp. 570-1 & cover.

The Inauguration of President Johnson
Oil on canvas, 15.25 x 19.50 inches
For The Golden Books History of the United  States, 1963,
Vol. 6 pp. 458-9.

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SCHOOL'S MURAL MUSEUM NAMED FOR ALTON TOBEY

July 14, 2006 -- A story on the first page of the second section of the White Plains Times, a leading Westchester County, NY weekly newspaper, reported the naming of the museum at The Ridgeway School in White Plains, created for the display of murals painted by their students 20 years earlier to Alton Tobey. Tobey had been instrumental in teaching mural painting to their students 20 years before, and a ceremony attended by over 200 faculty, students and representatives from the Tobey Collection highlighted the ceremony . For more information and to read the complete article, visit the White Plains Times web page. A story on the dedication also appeared in a current issue of Art Knowledge News.





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