Canticle, casein on paper by Mark Tobey, 1954, private collection
Mark George Tobey (1890-1976) was an American painter. His densely structured compositions, inspired by Asian calligraphy, resemble Abstract Expressionism, although the motives for his compositions differ philosophically from most Abstract Expressionist painters.
Born in Centerville, Wisconsin, he was widely recognized throughout the United States and Europe.
Along with Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, and William Cumming, Tobey was a founder of the Northwest School.
Senior in age and experience, he had a strong influence on the others -- friend and mentor, Tobey shared their interest in philosophy and Eastern religions.
Tobey is the most noted among the "Mystical Painters of the Northwest