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Figure in Pink and Yellow

A work made of oil on board.

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  • A work made of oil on board.




Manierre Dawson
American, 1887–1969

About this artwork

Chicago artist Manierre Dawson painted Figure in Pink and Yellow after viewing the Armory Show, an event that affirmed his embrace of abstraction. There is no sense of three-dimensional space, and he has completely fragmented the form of the figure, which is presumably indicated by the lighter hues of lavender, yellow, and peach in the center. Dawson was essentially self-taught as a painter, his interest in abstraction developed during his early training as a civil engineer in which he studied geometry, calculus, and mechanical drawing. He acknowledged the works of Paul Cézanne as a major influence and was equally indebted to the fractured forms of Cubism.


On View, Gallery 271


Arts of the Americas


Manierre Dawson


Figure in Pink and Yellow


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1914


Oil on board


55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28 in.)

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Gift of Mary and John Gedo

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