Untitled

A work made of oil and collage on canvas.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil and collage on canvas.

Date:

1964

Artist:

Mark Tobey
American, 1890-1976

About this artwork

Untitled effectively embodies its maker’s goal of melding Eastern calligraphy and Western drawing. Mark Tobey studied brushwork in China and Japan, where he lived for a while in a Zen monastery. Around 1935 Tobey arrived at his distinctive “white writing,” or intricate networks of calligraphic marks that densely and evenly animate a surface. When viewed from a distance, these dabs and dashes of pigment interspersed with short, overlapping lines—create a writhing, unified field of energy. In Untitled the subdued palette of lavender, white, gray, black, and burgundy functions similarly—the innumerable strokes and marks only become distinct from close-up. A smoothly painted border, which appears in much of Tobey’s oeuvre, surrounds and offsets the vibrating center. The artist felt that his delicate, teeming webs of “living line” mirrored the connections between East and West, finite and infinite, humanity and the cosmos.

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Artist

Mark Tobey

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

1964

Medium

Oil and collage on canvas

Dimensions

212.1 x 157 cm (83 1/2 x 61 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Grant J. Pick Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1965.359

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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