Woman in Brown
92 cm x 71.4 cm (36 1/4 in. x 28 1/8 in.)
(Chicago, 1887 - 1969, Ludington, Michigan)
North America, American
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Michener Acquisitions Fund, 1969
In Woman In Brown, Manierre Dawson responds—and pays homage—to European modernism in his version of Picasso's legendary portrait, Gertrude Stein, of 1906. The monochromatic brown palette and fragmentation of the subject alludes to experiments of the Paris Cubists as much as it does Cézanne's late work. Yet, Dawson's painting exhibits an independent American approach to problems of subject, contour and volume in pictorial construction.