This work is an excellent example of Mark Tobey’s “white writing”.
In the late 1930s, Tobey developed a style of work that used the layering of numerous transparent and opaque brushstrokes within the composition. Initially, the lines were part of a figurative composition that highlighted realistic elements. Eventually, though, the technique evolved into an inward type of meditative abstraction that covered the entire composition. This style marked an important development in abstraction, highlighting the journey from true abstraction to the lines, shapes, colors, and light independently forming the work.
Etching in colors
Printed on natural mould-made paper.
Transworld Art Corporation of New York City (founded by Alex Rosenberg, 1968; commissioned works by Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Romare Bearden, Henry Moore, Mark Tobey, Robert Rauschenberg, and others).
Hand-signed in pencil by the artist en recto lower right. Numbered in pencil en recto lower left. Bearing the blind impression of Transworld Art en recto lower left near the edge.
This is impression 19 out of the edition of 50, editioned in Roman Numerals.
This work is floated and custom framed in a solid cherry frame behind 99% UV-Filtering Plexiglass. The glazing is lifted off the work with spacers. Framed with all conservation materials.
Excellent condition. Well-inked, crisp lines, and full margins. Without dirt or damage to the surface of the paper. An excellent example.
29 in. (w) x 23 in. (h) x 1.25 in. (d)
25.75 in. (h) x 20 in. (w)
14 in. (h) x 11 in. (w)
Museum Deaccession: Property from the Collection of the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida.