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Clarté by Mark Tobey is a characteristically delicate, abstract composition of swirling green and black curls. The gentle movement of his mark-making suggests a natural form such as tree tops, or a meadow. John Cage once said of going on a walk with Mark Tobey: “It was the first time that someone else had given me a lesson in looking without prejudice, someone who didn’t compare what he was seeing with something before, who was sensitive to the finest nuances of light. Tobey would stop on the sidewalks, sidewalks which we normally didn’t notice when we were walking, and his gaze would immediately turn them into a work of art. He was attentive to the slightest detail. For him, everything was alive. He had an extraordinary sense of the presence of things.”
Clarté I, 1973
Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil lower left. Edition of 80; this copy 13/80.
Paper 17.25 x 14.5 in. / 43.8 x 36.8 cm
Image: 13 x 8.5 in. / 33 x 21.6 cm