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Mark Tobey, ‘Untitled’, 1954, Christie's
Mark Tobey, ‘Untitled’, 1954, Christie's
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Mark Tobey

Untitled, 1954

Gouache on paper
6 3/4 × 4 1/8 in
17.1 × 10.5 cm
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About the work
Provenance
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Christie's
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Untitled
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, ‘Untitled’, 1954, Christie's
Mark Tobey, ‘Untitled’, 1954, Christie's
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About the work
Provenance
C
Christie's
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Signature
Untitled
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

Untitled, 1954

Gouache on paper
6 3/4 × 4 1/8 in
17.1 × 10.5 cm
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