Letters and Numbers


Manierre Dawson, American, b. Chicago, Illinois, 1887–1969

Oil on canvas, 12 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (31.1 x 41.2 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Museum Purchase, 1978

Accession Number: 78.73

Estate of the artist, to 6 June 1978
Museum Purchase, through Atrium Arts, Wilmette, Illinois, 6 June 1978

Exhibition History:
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Chicago. Manierre Dawson (1887-1969) A Retrospective Exhibition of Painting, 13 November 1976-2 January 1977. TOUR: UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA ART MUSEUM, Bloomington, 18 January-20 February 1977; UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND ART GALLERY, College Park, 29 March-1 May 1977.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York. Manierre Dawson: Chicago's Undiscovered Modernist, 8 July 1988-9 September 1988.

Published References:
GEDO, MARY M. "Manierre Dawson: The Prophet in His Own Country," American Art Review, December 1979, ill. p. 74.
ROBERT SCHEOLKOPF GALLERY LTD. "Manierre Dawson, Paintings 1910-1914," 28 March-22 April 1981.
ADAMS, HENRY and RANDY J. PLOOG. "Manierre Dawson: American Pioneer of Abstract Art" (New York: Hollis Taggart Galleries, 1999), ill. 44.
PLOOG, RANDY J., MYRA BAIRSTOW, and ANI BOYAJIAN. Manierre Dawson (1887-1969): A Catalogue Raisonné (Jacksonville, Florida: The Three Graces, in association with Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, 2011), no. 1914.02, colorpl. p. 91; ill. p. 223.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Early American Modernism