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Welcome to the Manierre Dawson Official Web Site, Gallery,
and the Manierre Dawson Catalogue Raisonné

“Sometime around 1910 – 1911, either Manierre Dawson in America or Wassily Kandinsky in Europe – Depending on your conviction in this matter – First set foot upon the continent of modern abstract or ‘Non-Objective’ Art.”

– Harry Rand, Art in America, 1997

Meeting (The Three Graces) - Manierre Dawson Official Web SiteChicagoan artist Manierre Dawson is America’s Pioneer of Modern Art. By 1908, he developed a personal, avant-garde style that reflected his training as an engineer. By the spring of 1910, Dawson created a series of non-representational paintings that were among the first pure abstractions ever created, slightly predating works by Wassily Kandinsky and Arthur Dove. From June to December 1910, Dawson traveled to Europe and met many of the leading figures in the art world, including Gertrude Stein who purchased one of his paintings. In 1913, the celebrated Armory Show, which caused a sensation in New York, traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago. Walter Pach, an esteemed organizer of the show, personally hung one of Dawson’s paintings in the exhibition. Dawson wrote in his journal: “These are without question the most exciting days of my life”.

Throughout his lifetime, Dawson continued to paint and sculpt in his own revolutionary style. He is represented in numerous public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Be sure to explore the Manierre Dawson Official Web Site and learn more about the artist, his art, and the Catalogue Raisonne’, (below).

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Manierre Dawson Catalogue Raisonne'The Manierre Dawson Catalogue Raisonné is the first comprehensive examination of Dawson’s life and work. The publication provides detailed provenance, exhibition histories, and bibliographic references for his known 512 drawings, paintings, and sculpture.  The catalogued works are illustrated, including 71 in color, and many of them are reproduced for the first time.

The catalogue entries are annotated with the artist’s statements and augmented by the facsimile reproduction of Dawson’s handwritten “Record of Paintings and Sculpture” (circa 1903-1963) and a transcription of his personal “Journal”, spanning the majority of his career.  A series of detailed appendices furnish detailed accounts of the artist’s exhibition history and works in public collections.

Authored by Randy J. Ploog, Myra Bairstow and Ani Boyajian, this publication is an invaluable resource to scholars in all fields of American art, facilitating a deeper understanding of Dawson’s work and his place in art history.