Mark Tobey - Raissance of a Flower
Raissance of a Flower
Lithograph in colors on wove paper
25.5 × 19.5 in
Signed and numbered in pencil lower margin
I'd forgive you if Mark Tobey (1890-1976) didn't make your list of the most important American painters of the 20th Century. But a 2017 retrospective at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice as well as an exhibition of his work at the venerable Pace Gallery that closed earlier this year are aiming to change that.
Tobey was born in Wisconsin, spent a brief time in Indiana, and moved to New York in 1911. By 1935, he’d developed his signature “white writing” style, which influential critic Clement Greenberg described as a “calligraphic, tightly meshed interlacing of white lines which build up to a vertical, rectangular mass reaching almost to the edges of the frame.” Jackson Pollock saw them at New York’s Willard Gallery in 1944 and started his signature “drip” paintings a few years later.
Tobey would later move to Basel and became the first non-French artist ever to get a solo show at France’s prestigious Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It was “the one man show of the season,” wrote New Yorker correspondent Janet Flanner.
In his obituary, the New York Times stated “by many, senior Europeans he was regarded as the greatest American painter since James McNeill Whistler.” Tobey's work rarely comes to market, but Sotheby's recently set a record with a painting selling for $1.6 million.
The lithograph offered here is pencil signed and numbered in the lower margin. It is presented framed and ready for your immediate enjoyment.