Mark Tobey and the Bahá'í Faith

on Jeanne Bucher Jaeger
Today I want to talk about an important event in Mark Tobey's life.

In 1917 his first solo exhibition was held at Knoedler&Co. in lower Manhattan.
What was important in that event, wasn't the exhibition only, but the fact that Marie Steiner, who organized the exhibition, introduced Tobey to Juliet Thompson, a portrait painter from New York City.

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Thompson was a follower of the Bahà'i World Faith. Through her Tobey got interest in that religion, and in 1918 he got converted to that Faith at Green Acre, the Baha'i School.
The influence of the religion was profound on Tobey's life and in his artistic work.

The Bahá'í Faith was founded by Bahá'u'lláh in 19th-century in Persia. It's a monotheistic religion.

"Three core principles establish a basis for Bahá'í teachings and doctrine:

- the unity of God, that there is only one God who is the source of all creation;
- the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God
- the unity of humanity, that all humans have been created equal, coupled with the unity in diversity, that diversity of race and culture are seen as worthy of appreciation and acceptance.

According to the Bahá'í Faith's teachings, the human purpose is to learn to know and to love God through such methods as prayer, reflection, and being of service to humanity." (source Wiki)

If you're interested to know better the Bahá'í Faith you can visit the official website here.

If you want to read an introduction to the fundamental principles of Bahá'í Faith in different languages go here.


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