Published by Edition de Beauclair, Frankfurt
Condition Report: Toning verso; a few scattered spots of foxing; mild crease lower right; large hard crease along upper center to upper right edge. Sheet is loose. Unframed
Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil in lower margin, with publisher's chop
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