Mark Tobey | Shape of Things

Mark Tobey (1890-1976) was an innovative and experimental painter, using abstract imagery, soft pastels (rather than “natural” objects) to capture the environment, and dark mist chroma for lighting effects within his works. He would also work in other aesthetics, including cubism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. Tobey became famous as one the "big four" founders of the Northwest School of art and for his brushtroke and compositional technique called "white writing" which presaged the "all over" style of greats such as Jackson Pollock. Here, we see some examples of this technique, as well as his works using cubism and other styles of expression to captures the impressions and shapes of people, objects, and places.

image Broadway Girl 1957
image Broadway After the Theater 1942
image Cubist Still Life 1946
image Dancing Miners c 1922-7
image Delta 1952
image E Pluribus Unum 1942
image English Still Life with Plaster Head 1933
image Esquimaux Idiom 1946
image Farmer's Market 1941
image Fish in the Moonlight 1934
image Market Fantasy c 1940
image Martha Graham 1928
image Costume Design Sketch: Male Harlequin c 1922-33
image Costume Design Sketch: Two Female Dancers c 1922-33
image Costume Design Sketch: Warrior With a Shield c 1922-33
image Byzantine Memories 1952