The Modern Form: Property from the Collection of Betty and Stanley Sheinbaum
Image 3 x 4 3/8 in. (7.6 x 11.1 cm.)
Sheet 4 1/4 x 5 5/8 in. (10.8 x 14.3 cm.)
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 [227-10-12-17].
Signature: signed with the artist's initials and dated "TB 59" lower right
Acquired directly from the artist by the family of the present owner in 1959
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