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Oil on canvas abstract painting; signed and attr. Mark George Tobey (American, 1890-1976); 15 3/4 x 12.5 inch (40 x 31.75 cm). 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. PROVENANCE: Southern Ontario Estate

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By [Artist Name] : In our opinion, the work is by the artist.

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In the manner of [Artist Name] : In our opinion, the work was executed by an unknown hand, but was designed deliberately to emulate the style of the artist.

After [Artist Name] : In our opinion, the work was executed by an unknown hand, but is a deliberate copy of a known work by the artist.

Circle of [Artist Name] : In our opinion, a work of the period of the artist showing his influence, closely associated with the artist but not necessarily his pupil.

Follower of [Artist Name]: In our opinion, a work by a pupil or a follower of the artist (not necessarily a pupil).

American, 19th century : In our opinion, this work was executed by an unknown hand, and can only be identified by origin (i.e., region, period).

Bears signature : In our opinion, the signature on the artwork may be spurious.
Apocryphal : Of doubtful authenticity.

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Mark George Tobey American 1890-1976 OOC Abstract

Auction ended on Thu, Mar 1, 2018
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