The beginning of Mark Tobey's lifelong travels

The beginning of his lifelong travels occured in 1925.
He moved to Europe, setting in Paris where he met Gertrude Stein.

Gertrude Stein

was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life.
Gertrude and her brother Leo shared living quarters near the Luxembourg Garden in a two-story apartment (with adjacent studio). Here they accumulated the works of art that formed a collection that became renowned for its prescience and historical importance.

You can read in interesting article by James R. Mellow, an art critic for The New Leader and Art International, titled "The Stein Salon Was The First Museum of Modern Art". It's dated December 1, 1968., and also "Prepare for Saints. Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and the mainstreaming of American Modernism" by Steven Watson.

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Arabic and Persian Calligraphy

Mark Tobey traveled to Barcellona (Spain), and Athens (Greece). He visited also Istanbul (Turkey), Beirut (Lebanon), Haifa (Israel), and Cairo (Egypt).
He was fascinated by those cultures, so he became to study Arabic and Persian calligraphy.


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