Tarmo Pasto


Sunset behind the hills, 1967

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower right: Tarmo Pasto
40" H x 42" W

  • Notes: This lot is being offered in a frame hand-painted by the artist. The number 268 is written on the stretcher bar in ink, verso.

    Tarmo Pasto, a noted psychologist and art professor, was also a prolific painter who frequently exhibited his paintings during his lifetime. Though he is perhaps best known for bringing attention to the work of one of his patients, the so-called Outsider artist Martin Ramirez, Pasto was a key figure in a circle of artists working in and around the Sacramento area during the post-war period. This loose coalition of artists, which includes figures such as Mel Ramos, Wayne Thiebaud, and Jack Ogden, is known for exhibiting their work at institutions such as the Crocker Art Museum, which holds examples of Pasto's work in its permanent collection.

    In 1986, four years after a retrospective was held at the Crocker Art Museum, Tarmo Pasto died and left behind a large body of work that has largely remained unseen by subsequent generations of viewers. John Moran Auctioneers is pleased to offer this work for sale for the very first time.
  • Condition: Visual: Overall good condition. Slight frame abrasions along the left, upper, and right edges. A few pea-sized spots of grime towards the center of the lower half and towards the center of the right edge. Small, unobtrusive flecks of pigment in the upper left quadrant near the mountain peaks. Shallow surface scuffing in the top left corner with slight attendant pigment loss.

    Blacklight: Very small areas of touch-ups primarily in the right half of work, the largest a 1.5" H x .0125" W area at the center of the right edge.

    Frame: 46" H x 48" W x 2.5" D

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October 10, 2023 10:00 AM PDT
Monrovia, CA, US

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