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* 29.11.1915 La Plata, † 17.1.2014 Paris

The play of light and shade, choice of colour and the resulting generation of movement in geometric motifs are at the heart of Luis Tomasello’s life’s work as an artist. He is one of the few artists who succeeded in creating a dynamic relationship between the work, its surroundings, and the viewer. Luis Tomasello was born in Argentina in 1915 to a family of Italian origin. While the young Tomasello assisted his father in his profession as a carpenter, mason, and painter, he also attended evening classes in drawing. His passion for art developed further, and finally led him to the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón in Buenos Aires in 1932. This was then followed by studies at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de la Nación Ernesto de la Cárcova in 1940. During this phase Tomasello encountered artists of the avant-garde such as Emilio Pettoruti and Carmelo Arden Quin, who had a decided influence on the young artist.

A trip to Paris in the 1950s led him to relocate to the French capital in 1957. There he joined an already substantial circle of Latin American artists. Tomasello’s works, initially of a figurative tendency, gradually transformed into geometric abstraction. Contained within are the incipient kinetic features, through which he expressed movement by means of visual effects. Thus, the artist worked especially with an active surface structure, and in the process explored various forms and colours, which lend a dynamic to the flat medium. In this context in Tomasello’s work even light and shade began to play a primary role, as their influence on optical perception is not insignificant. He created an outstanding series called «Atmosphère chromoplastique» which marked his breakthrough as an artist. As well as numerous group exhibitions, these outstanding works were exhibited in solo shows including the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires (1962), the Musée National d’Art Modern in Paris (1976), and the Museum of contemporary art Madrid (1996).

Since for him the three elements – the work itself, its surroundings, and the viewer all play an important role and only by their interaction do they create a virtual space, Tomasello’s approach is often associated with Minimalism. In particular, the two artists Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd are pertinent here, since they too engage with these factors. At the same time, Tomasello’s work contains characteristics of Op Art, in which movement is created through abstract structures of colour and line. Thus, Luis Tomasello was able to look back on a multi-facetted artistic career in which he went beyond the two-dimensional expression of his composition and breathed life into his works in the form of movement. Luis Tomasello died on 17 January 2014 in Paris.

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Lot 3413 - A203 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 01 December 2022, 02.00 PM


(La Plata/Argentina 1915–2014 Paris)
Atmosphère chromoplastique N°407. 1976.
Acrylic on wood, painted.
Signed on the reverse: Luis Tomasello, also titled, dated and the measurements: ATMOSPHERE CHROMOPLASTIQUE N°407 (corrected: previously 470) Luis Tomasello - 1976 - 70 × 70 cm × 8 cm.
70 × 70 × 8 cm.

CHF 15 000 / 20 000 | (€ 15 460 / 20 620)

Sold for CHF 36 900 (including buyer’s premium)
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Lot 3509 - A197 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 01 July 2021, 05.00 PM


(La Plata/Argentina 1915–2014 Paris)
Atmosphère chromoplastique No. 379. 1975.
Acrylic on wood.
Signed, titled, dated, numbered, with size and directional arrow on the reserve: ATMOSPHÈRE CHROMOPLASTIQUE No. 379. 1975. 0.90 × 0.90 cm L. TOMASELLO 1975.
90 × 90 × 8 cm.

CHF 18 000 / 24 000 | (€ 18 560 / 24 740)

Sold for CHF 22 260 (including buyer’s premium)
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