Mark Tobey (1890-1976)
Mark Tobey (1890-1976)
Mark Tobey (1890-1976)
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Mark Tobey (1890-1976)


Mark Tobey (1890-1976)
signed and dated 'Tobey 60' (lower right)
tempera, gouache, ink and graphite on paper mounted on paperboard
5 x 7 in. (12.7 x 17.8 cm.)
Executed in 1960.
The artist
Eddy Novarro, Rio de Janeiro
Private collection, Germany
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster, Who is Who: Eddy Novarro und die Avantgarde der 50er bis 70er Jahre, July-October 2011, pp. 42 and 232, pl. 117, fig. 12 (illustrated).
Staatliches Museum Schwerin, Kaleidoskop der Moderne: Chagall, Miró, Picasso und die Avantgarde, July-October 2015, p. 155 (illustrated).
Post lot text
Achim Moeller, Managing Principal of the Mark Tobey Project LLC, has confirmed the authenticity. The work is registered in the Mark Tobey archive with the number MT [255-2-22-19].

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Lot Essay

Previously in the collection of press photographer Eddy Novarro (c. 1925-2003), the present work speaks to the network of relationships woven between artists across geography and time. Having met René Magritte in the late 1950s, Novarro soon became a fixture within the remnant of the Paris surrealist circle, photographing Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí and others. A self-proclaimed cosmopolitan, Novarro traveled all over the world, ending up in New York City some two decades later, where he encountered the bastions of Pop, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg. Such presence among the vanguards of the twentieth century not only rendered Novarro a touchpoint for culture, but also contributed to his eclectic collection of gifts from the "who's who" of the art world, Mark Tobey's Untitled (1960) being an intimate example of one of these special treasures.

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