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Mark Tobey (American, 1890–1976)
LOT ID: 82928
Untitled composition, 1971

Ink
21 х 33 in. (53.34 x 83.82 cm.)
Inscribed, au recto with dedication
Edition unique
Lot description
Abstract composition, monotype, ink on paper.

Mark George Tobey's densely structured compositions, inspired by Asian calligraphy, resemble Abstract expressionism, although the motives for his compositions differ philosophically from most Abstract Expressionist painters. Born in Centerville, Wisconsin, he was widely recognized throughout the United States and Europe. Along with Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, and William Cumming, Tobey was a founder of the Northwest School.[1] Senior in age and experience, he had a strong influence on the others; friend and mentor, Tobey shared their interest in philosophy and Eastern religions. Tobey is the most noted among the "mystical painters of the Northwest."
Untitled composition by Mark Tobey
  • Untitled composition by Mark Tobey
  • Untitled composition by Mark Tobey
  • Untitled composition by Mark Tobey
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