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Tarmo Pasto
Sunflowers, Large Scale Modernist Floral Bouquet Still-Life by Tarmo Pasto

1973

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Sunflowers, Large Scale Modernist Floral Bouquet Still-Life by Tarmo Pasto. A stunning large-scale modernist oil on canvas still-life of sunflowers by Dr. Tarmo Pasto (American, 1906-1986). This modern floral bouquet still-life, painted by Pasto in 1973, harkens back to Van Gogh's world famous turn-of-the-century depiction of the same subject. Pasto uses a modern and fresh color palette of dark green, light yellow, lavender, and peach in this vibrant modern sunflower portrayal. Signed "Tarmo Pasto" and dated "73" lower right. Presented in a brown painted wood frame. Image size: 38"H x 30"L. Framed size: 44"H x 36"W x 2"D. Dr. Tarmo Pasto was a psychiatrist and artist, who taught psychology and art through the 1970s at California State College at Sacramento since the schools inception. He also authored a book on art, "The Space-Frame Experience in Art", published in 1964. He, however, was mainly known to the world for introducing the works of one of his patients, Martin Ramirez (1885-1963). Dr. Pasto was a psychiatrist for Ramirez in the late 1950s and provided him with quality art materials and also encouraged his artistic endeavours. The art of the insane was of particular interest to Dr. Pasto would often use examples of it in his classroom. Patso was also very instrumental in initiating a number of Bay Area exhibitions of what today is considered outsider art. In the 1970's he with the help of artist James Nutt, provided the first public showing of Martin Rameriz's art work. Thus Tarmo Pasto gets much of the credit for introducing one of the well-known Outsider artists to the world. He also discovered the outsider artist P.M. Wentworth and promoted his work. Dr. Pasto was a long-time contributor to the California art scene, as well as an art teacher and psychologist to many successful artists.
  • Creator:
    Tarmo Pasto (1906 - 1986, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1973
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 44 in (111.76 cm)Width: 36 in (91.44 cm)Depth: 2 in (5.08 cm)
  • Medium:
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  • Condition:
    Vintage Frame: may show signs of wear consistent with age and history; minor cosmetic issues to frame will be minimized but may not be restored to original condition. New hanging hard-ware installed.
  • Gallery Location:
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 2569dtw1stDibs: LU54211350172
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