Leon Dabo
1864-1960
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Collected by a major museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2017
ACA Galleries at Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show 2017,
ACA Galleries
2014
Leon Dabo: Jolie Fleurs,
Lawrence Fine Art
Leon Dabo: Art for Art's Sake,
Sullivan Goss

The serene Tonalist nocturnes of Leon Dabo were a sensation in the turn-of-the-century art world; his decorative and spiritual abstractions of riverbank views with vaulting azure clouds became icons of the era. Of French extraction, Dabo’s father had early come under the influence of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, as did his son with his modulated bird’s-eye depictions of the Hudson River. Dabo was included in the Armory Show of 1913. As the great critic Sadakichi Hartman put it: “The highest quality in Dabo’s work is the result of inner, not outer vision, denoting less the painter’s eye for difference than the seer’s eye for the analogy of pictorial and psychological phenomena….” Over his long and productive career Dabo painted a wide range of landscapes and still lifes. The New York Times called Dabo’s work a uniquely American style of art: “…those dreamers of fine dreams who …

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