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Mark Tobey

American painter

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Beginning his career as an illustrator, Tobey was a deeply religious man, converting to the universalist Baha'i faith in 1918, which would in some way influence all of his works. After extensive traveling, including a period of time at a Zen monastary in Japan, Tobey taught art and philosophy at Dartington Hall in England until 1937. He then developed his "white writing" technique, painting white cursive writing on dark canvas, a technique which he would use extensively until his death. As an Abstract Expressionist, Tobey's work and career stand out as different because of his strong spiritual beliefs, as well as his varying interests (he was also a classically trained pianist). Amercan artist; resident artist Darlington Hall, Eng., 1931-1937.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500012870.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Mark Tobey:

Mark Tobey Street Scene, 20th century Watercolor
Mark Tobey Composition, 1966 Color lithograph
Mark Tobey Flight over Ground, 1966 Lithograph on heavyweight wove paper
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