American Pioneer of Abstract Art (1887–1969)

October 1 – 30, 1999

Manierre Dawson (1887-1969)
Prognostic (center panel), 1910
Oil on canvas, 33 3/4 x 35 3/4 inches
Milwaukee Art Museum

Manierre Dawson (1887-1969)
Coordinate Escape, 1910
Oil on Composition Board, 19 x 14 1/2 inches
Collection of Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Beverly Hills, California

Manierre Dawson (1887-1969)
Figure Party-Colored, 1913
Oil on board, 44 x 36 inches
Signed and dated lower right: “M. Dawson ‘13”

Manierre Dawson (1887-1969)
Madonna, 1911
Oil on panel, 32 1/4 x 23 3/4 inches
Signed and dated lower right: “M. Dawson ‘11”

Press Release

This retrospective exhibition and accompanying catalogue provide the most comprehensive examination of this artist to date. With the presentation of some of his earliest works, including his masterpiece, the triptych entitled Prognostic, and never before exhibited sculpture, combined with the scholarly catalogue essays and the reprinting of the artist’s journal, we have sought to give Dawson’s work the intense scrutiny it has long deserved and bring recognition to this pioneer of Modernism.