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Mark Tobey Summer Joy, 1972


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Mark Tobey, Summer Joy
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About the work
  • Medium

    Print : etching

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    30.2 x 21.9 x 0 inch

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 96 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Eathing and Aquatint on paper. Signed in pencil on the lower right margin. Numbered in pencil on the lower left margin. Edition of 3/96 specimens.
    The artwork is a beautiful example of abstract compositions realized by the artist in the 1970s, when Tobey was living in Switzerland.

    Mark Tobey (United States, 1890 – Basel, 1976) was an important and popular American artist. He was born in Wisconsin (USA) and he was predominantly self-taught; in 1909, he moved to Chicago, where he was employed as a fashion illustrator, a profession that he continued when he moved to New York two years later. When he moved to New York, he worked as an artist for McCall’s Magazine and had some success as a portrait painter.
    In 1918, he was introduced to the Bahai World Faith, a lifestyle and a religion that promotes universal consciousness. Tobey created complex compositions with no focal points.
    During the 1930s, he taught art in Devon, England; during the same years, he started studying Oriental philosophy and art in China, and living in a Zen monastery in Japan.
    In 1958, he became the second American, after Whistler, to win the International Grand Prize at the Venice Biennal.
    In 1960, he moved to Switzerland with his wife for the rest of his life. He died in Basel in 1976. His calligraphic style was a visual manifestation of the interrelationship between the artist and nature.
    The artist is well-known for his calligraphic “white writing” style, and became one of the most renowned and internationally respected American artists during the 1950s and 1960s. The white writing compositions are a result of his experiments with Chinese calligraphy with vibrating movement and light.
    Mark Tobey is considered one of the most important American painters of the XX century. In both his life and artworks, he expressed an interest in mystical states of mind. Indeed, he is considered a "mystical painter". The artist is one of the pioneers and a founding father of artistic ferment that culminated, in the second part of the century, in Abstract Expressionism.
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Mark Tobey

United States Born in: 1890 Masterpieces
Mark Tobey (1870-1976) is an American abstract painter, known as "the old master of young American painting". His studies in Chinese calligraphy and Zen painting take him towards meditative painting, through a swarm of signs. A former student of the Chicago Art Institute, he moved to New York and worked there as a portraitist and fashion designer. An eternal wanderer, he traveled around France, Catalonia, Greece, Beirut, Constantinople, Haifa...where he developed a passion for Arabic and Persian scriptures.

His encounter with the Chinese painter Teng Kuei took him towards calligraphy art. His travels also influence his creations, as it happens when he moved to England in 1935, he opted for white writing. According to the critics, « Broadway », « Welcome Hero », « Broadway Norm », have an influence on the artist, Jackson Pollock.

He presented his first exhibition in 1917 at the Knoedler gallery. In 1929, Alfred Barr displayed his work at the MOMA, New York and in 1958 Seattle Art Museum devoted him a retrospective. He exhibited in the most prestigious places in the world like Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris, Fine Arts museum in San Francisco, Guggenheim Museum in New York and many other galleries in USA. He won many awards during his career « Guggenheim International Award » in 1956, great painting prize at the Biennial in Venice, first prize at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. He signed a fresco at the national library in Washington.
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