Mark Tobey, ‘Desert Town (Wild City)’, 1950, Phillips
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Mark Tobey

Desert Town (Wild City), 1950

Oil and gouache on card mounted on Masonite
43 × 27 1/10 in
109.2 × 68.9 cm
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Mark Tobey
American, 1890–1976
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Abstract painter Mark Tobey strived to represent the mystical through art. Inspired by international travels, Eastern religion, Arabic calligraphy, classical music, and the emerging modes of Abstract Expressionism, Tobey created a unique visual language of all-over painting and gestural abstraction, which he called “white writing.” “What I had learned in the Orient had affected more than I realized,” he said. “In a short time white writing emerged. I had a totally new conception of painting.” When working in this technique, Tobey would place white calligraphic marks and symbols atop an abstract field composed of thousands of densely interwoven brushstrokes.

Mark Tobey, ‘Desert Town (Wild City)’, 1950, Phillips
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Achim Moeller, Managing Principal of the Mark Tobey Project LLC, has confirmed the authenticity. The work is registered in the Mark Tobey archive with the number MT [132-1-3-11].

From the Catalogue: Created at a time when Mark Tobey began garnering widespread critical …

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Signed and dated “Tobey 50” lower right
Mark Tobey
American, 1890–1976
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Abstract painter Mark Tobey strived to represent the mystical through art. Inspired by international travels, Eastern religion, Arabic calligraphy, classical music, and the emerging modes of Abstract Expressionism, Tobey created a unique visual language of all-over painting and gestural abstraction, which he called “white writing.” “What I had learned in the Orient had affected more than I realized,” he said. “In a short time white writing emerged. I had a totally new conception of painting.” When working in this technique, Tobey would place white calligraphic marks and symbols atop an abstract field composed of thousands of densely interwoven brushstrokes.

Mark Tobey

Desert Town (Wild City), 1950

Oil and gouache on card mounted on Masonite
43 × 27 1/10 in
109.2 × 68.9 cm
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