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
White wove paper by BFK Rives
Hand-signed in pencil by the artist en recto lower right. Editioned in pencil by the artist en recto lower left.
This is the 88th impression from the edition of 150.
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.
Very Good condition. Well-inked, crisp lines, and full margins. Handling marks consistent with age. (The photographs were taken in raking light to highlight the handling marks.) Without dirt or damage to the surface of the paper. Overall, a very nice example.
29 in. (w) x 23 in. (h) x 1.25 in. (d)
20 in. (w) x 25.75 in. (h)
11 in. (w) × 14 in. (h)
Property from the Collection of the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida