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Manierre Dawson
20th century
(Chicago, 1887 - 1969, Ludington, Michigan)

Born 1887, Chicago; active 1909–10, Chicago; 1910, Europe; 1910–14, Chicago (with trips to New York); 1914–69, Ludington, MI; died 1969, Ludington, MI. Dawson was among the first American artists to develop an independent abstract style before the Armory Show of 1913. He had worked as an architect and painted only in his spare time until 1909, when he entered art society through introductions to Gertrude Stein in Paris, Arthur B. Davies in New York, and John Singer Sargent in Italy. In fact, Gertrude Stein bought Dawson's first painting. Her salon, filled with the boldest examples from the European avant garde, launched Dawson's dedication to modernism.

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