Manierre Dawson: Early Abstraction presents the early, transformative paintings of one of America’s most innovative and inventive artists, nearly a century following his first exhibition in the 1913 Armory Show. Often overlooked, but among the first true abstract painters in America, Dawson first explored non-representational painting in the years between 1910 and 1914, during his travels through Europe. Already advancing in Europe at the time was the shift towards Expressionism, which favored an abundant use of color over formal perspective and line. Manierre Dawson: Early Abstraction aims to explore Dawson’s use of abstraction in the early, generative years of American expression when few others did, and the impact that this journey to pure abstraction would have on Dawson’s career, and on American modernism.
    • Manierre Dawson Sunstrike, 1913
      Manierre Dawson
      Sunstrike, 1913
    • Manierre Dawson Monument by the Sea, 1917
      Manierre Dawson
      Monument by the Sea, 1917
    • Manierre Dawson The Gate, 1913
      Manierre Dawson
      The Gate, 1913
  • 'Engineering has some fascinations but if I could choose a life work it would be the painting of pictures.' –...

    Manierre Dawson in his Ludington, Michigan Studio (1966),
    Courtesy of the Peter Lockwood Collection, Arlighton, TX

    'Engineering has some fascinations but if I could choose a life work it would be the painting of pictures.'
    – Manierre Dawson,
    Journal,
    December 26, 1908

    • Manierre Dawson Blue Boy, 1912
      Manierre Dawson
      Blue Boy, 1912
    • Manierre Dawson Madonna, 1911
      Manierre Dawson
      Madonna, 1911
    • Manierre Dawson Apollo, 1919
      Manierre Dawson
      Apollo, 1919
    • Manierre Dawson Array in Brown, 1913-14
      Manierre Dawson
      Array in Brown, 1913-14
    • Manierre Dawson Ascension, 1913
      Manierre Dawson
      Ascension, 1913
    • Manierre Dawson Dependent Impression, 1912
      Manierre Dawson
      Dependent Impression, 1912
    • Manierre Dawson Untitled Abstraction, c. 1921
      Manierre Dawson
      Untitled Abstraction, c. 1921
    • Manierre Dawson Equation, 1919
      Manierre Dawson
      Equation, 1919
    • Manierre Dawson Still Life — Blue Objects, 1912
      Manierre Dawson
      Still Life — Blue Objects, 1912
    • Manierre Dawson Pot and Green Leaves , 1915
      Manierre Dawson
      Pot and Green Leaves , 1915
  • If you have any questions or would enjoy learning more about the works presented, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Alana Ricca at (212) 879- 2215 or alana@schoelkopfgallery.com