Mark Tobey letters to Helen Freeman Corle, [ca. 1935-1945]

Tobey, Mark, b. 1890 d. 1976
Painter, Sculptor, Illustrator
Active in Paris, France; New York, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; England; Seattle, Wash.; Switzerland

Collection size: 4 items.

Collection Summary: Four letters from Mark Tobey to Helen Freeman Corle, relating to one of his paintings.

Biographical/Historical Note: Tobey was a painter; Seattle, Wash. Corle was at one time a New York City stage actress and wife of novelist, Edwin Corle. McCandless sold the painting to the University of Arizona Museum, Tucson.

Donated 2000 by Duncan McCandless, inherited them from his mother, Ruth Stout McCandless. Ruth McCandless was a friend of Corle's in Pasadena, and received the letters directly from Corle. According to McCandless, Corle left his mother a painting purported to be "The Tobey" painting and, in fact, Tobey actually did sign it through Ernst Beyeler, in Basle, Switzerland, whose gallery represented Tobey. [McCandless sold the painting to the University of Arizona Museum, Tucson.]

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