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Western Town

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Mark Tobey, Western Town, 1944, tempera on cardboard, Bequest of Edith Feldenheimer, © Mark Tobey / Seattle Art Museum, 84.32

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Title

Western Town

Artist

Mark Tobey (American, 1890-1976)

Date

1944

Medium

tempera on cardboard

Dimensions (H x W x D)

12 3/4 in x 18 3/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

title; price: Western Town// $400, colored pencel in cursive, verso

signature; date: Tobey // 44, brushed, lower right

Collection Area

Modern and Contemporary Art; Northwest Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Edith Feldenheimer

Accession Number

84.32

Copyright

© Mark Tobey / Seattle Art Museum

Terms

cardboard

cityscapes

paintings

tempera

Description

Mark Tobey arrived in Seattle to teach at the Cornish School in the early 1920s after working as a fashion illustrator in New York. Travels to China and Japan in the 1930s renewed Tobey's earlier interest in calligraphy, which led him from modernist scenes of Seattle's streets to densely layered works often referred to as "white writing," characterized by an overall calligraphic net of marks and images. Tobey used this system to express movement and light and the balanced interconnection of all elements in his compositions.

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