Mark Tobey, ‘Psaltery, 1st Form’, 1974, Heritage Auctions
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Mark Tobey

Psaltery, 1st Form, 1974

Etching on BFK Rives paper
25 5/8 × 19 5/8 in
65.1 × 49.8 cm
Edition 18/150
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Published by Transworld Art, New York

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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, ‘Psaltery, 1st Form’, 1974, Heritage Auctions
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About the work
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Published by Transworld Art, New York

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Signature
Signed and numbered in pencil along lower edge
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
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

Psaltery, 1st Form, 1974

Etching on BFK Rives paper
25 5/8 × 19 5/8 in
65.1 × 49.8 cm
Edition 18/150
Bidding closed
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