Mark Tobey, ‘Sonata’, 1975, Heritage Auctions
Mark Tobey, ‘Sonata’, 1975, Heritage Auctions
Mark Tobey, ‘Sonata’, 1975, Heritage Auctions

Published by Edition de Beauclair, Frankfurt Printed by Austel & Fischer, Hanau LITERATURE: Heidenheim, 52

Condition Report: Toning verso; cockling and humidity damage along upper edge and right edge; spot of foxing lower center; crease upper right corner. Sheet is loose. Unframed

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil in lower margin

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Mark Tobey

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.

American, 1890-1976, Centerville, Wisconsin

Group Shows

Nicholas Gallery, 
Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism / In Context: Seymour Lipton
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
New York, NY, United States,
Evolution in Action
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part One: Painting)
Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, 
Castelbasso, Province of Teramo, Italy,
Nel Segno della Materia - Pittura Informale Europea e Americana
New York, NY, United States,
1950-1965: Abstraction on Paper
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