This painting is recorded in the Dawson record under the heading "1913": "Figure party-colored, 44 x 36, card board."
Signature: Signed and dated lower right: “M. Dawson ‘13”
Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, "Manierre Dawson: Paintings 1910-1914," March 28-April 22, 1981 (as Parti-Colored Figure)
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, "Manierre Dawson: American Pioneer of Abstract Art," October 1–30, 1999
Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, "Marking Modernism: A Decade with Carles, Dawson, and Maurer," Oct. 8-Nov. 14, 2009
"Manierre Dawson: Paintings 1910-1914." Essay by Mary Mathews Gedo (New York: Robert Schoelkopf Gallerfy, 1981), cat. no. 14.
"Manierre Dawson: American Pioneer of Abstract Art." Essays by Dr. Henry Adams and Dr. Randy Ploog (New York: Hollis Taggart Galleries, 1999), p. 158, illus. pl. 42.
"Manerre Dawson Gallery, October 2010--Manierre Dawson: Engineer / Artist" (exh. booklet for the dedication and naming of the Manierre Dawson Gallery). Essay by Sharon Bluhm (Scottville, Michigan: West Shore Community College, 2010), color illus. back cover.
Randy J. Ploog, Myra Bairstow, and Ani Boyajian, "Manierre Dawson (1887-1969): A Catalogue Raisonne" (Jacksonville, FL: The Three Graces, 2011), p. 209, cat. no. 1913.38, p. 85.
Estate of the artist
Dr. Lewis Obi, Frank McKeown, and Lefferts Mabie, 1978
To present owner, 1991
About Manierre Dawson
Manierre Dawson’s abstract paintings and sculptures incorporate simplified mathematical and geometric shapes, such as hyperbolas, parabolas, and circles, into muted, non-representational compositions. Non-objective and lacking any central subject matter, his works often suggest fragmented landscapes or the movement of the human body, paralleling the work of contemporaries Marcel Duchamp and Umberto Boccioni. Dawson is considered one of the pioneers of American abstraction. Later in his career he would become an early experimenter with mixed-media sculpture, working in laminated particleboard, wood composites, and found materials.
American, 1887-1969, Chicago, Illinois