Leon Dabo


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Painter. Known for delicately toned, often misty landscapes indebted to the art of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Dabo also painted floral compositions. As well, he adorned ecclesiastical interiors with decorative, figurative murals and stained glass windows. Possibly born in Paris before his parents moved to Detroit, Leon Scott Dabo worked in New York in the mid-1880s with John La Farge before sailing to Europe. He studied for three years in Paris, then lived in Italy until 1892, when he settled in New York. In the characteristically tonalist Sun and Mist (Montclair [New Jersey] Art Museum, 1909), vaguely defined forms of low hills appear before an expanse of silvery water. Sunlight plays on its surface from behind clouds in the sky beyond. In 1913 Dabo exhibited in the Armory Show. During World War I, he served in the U.S. Army and between the wars lived for some time in Paris before returning permanently to New York. His brother, painter Theodore Scott Dabo (1877–1928), also studied in Paris and worked in a similar style.

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