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Meditation

Artist:
Manierre Dawson (American, 1887–1969)
Date:
1913
Geography:
Country of Origin USA
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions:
16 x 11 3/4 in. (40.6 x 29.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Peter Lockwood, in memory of his grandfather, the artist, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.479
Not on view
Dawson completed this Cubist-inspired painting the same year that another of his abstractions was included in the Chicago venue of the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art (The Armory Show). Showing in the company of such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Wassily Kandinsky, who were "breaking open the avenues of freedom of expression," validated his own work. As he wrote in his journal: "I had thought of myself as an anomaly and had to defend myself, many times, as not crazy; [but] here now…many artists are…showing these very inventive departures from the academies." "These are without question the most exciting days of my life."
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): M. Dawson 13
the artist (1913–d. 1969); his widow, Mrs. Manierre Dawson (1969–85; in November 1985 to Lockwood); their grandson, Peter Lockwood, Arlington, Texas (1985–2005; his gift to MMA)

Randy J. Ploog and Myra Bairstow. Manierre Dawson (1887–1969): A Catalogue Raisonné. Jacksonville and New York, 2011, p. 304, no. 1913.09, ill. pp. 80 (color), 198.



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