(born Dec. 11, 1890, Centerville, Wis., U.S.—died April 24, 1976, Basel, Switz.) U.S. painter. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1918 he converted to the Bahā’ī religion and his work became inspired by Asian art and thought. In the 1930s he achieved notoriety with his “white writing” paintings, consisting of a web of calligraphic marks painted in white on a gray or coloured ground (e.g., Broadway, 1936), which soon displaced his representational work. His style is distinguished by his use of the small format and a refined execution in watercolour, tempera, or pastel. In the 1950s he exerted much influence abroad, especially on French Tachism.
Birth Place: Centerville, Wisconsin, United States
Death Place: Basel, Switzerland
Name: Tobey, Mark or Mark Tobey
Activity: American artist
Keywords: Basel, Mark Tobey, Switzerland, American, Tobey, Mark, Wisconsin, Centerville, painting, Abstract Expressionism
The American painter Mark Tobey was born at Centerville, Wisconsin. His formal artistic training was restricted to a series of...
He initially worked as a fashion illustrator and interior decorator. He converted to Baha'i, a religion emphasizing the unity of...
He is known for paintings in which coloured forms are overlaid by white brush strokes. He adopted this so-called white writing...