The Seashore, ca. 1905

  • Leon Dabo, American, 1865 - 1960

Oil on masonite

  • Unframed: 30 1/4 × 34 inches (76.8 × 86.4 cm)
  • 39 1/4 × 43 1/4 × 2 1/2 inches (99.7 × 109.9 × 6.4 cm)

Gift of the artist



American Art before 1950

Signed, lower right: Leon Dabo

Signature preceded by artist's colophon (equilateral triangle inscribed within a circle, based on the Dabo family emblem). Differs slightly from artist-brother Theodore's.

Leon Dabo

1906-present, gift to the Detroit Museum of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Leon Dabo to Armand H. Griffith (Director). November 21, 1905. [DIA curatorial files] "Among the Artists." American Art News 4, 2 (October 21, 1905): n.p. Leon Dabo to Armand H. Griffith (Director). July 14, 1905. [DIA curatorial files] Leon Dabo to Armand H. Griffith (Director). Detroit Museum of Art, June 10, 1905. [DIA curatorial files] Burroughs, Clyde H. "The Dabo Paintings." Bulletin of the DMA (January 1906): p. 8. "Gifts: Fine Arts Department." Bulletin of the DMA 9 (January 1906): p. 21. Von Ende, Amelia. "The Art of Leon and Theodore Scott Dabo." Brush and Pencil 17, 1 (January 1906): pp. 5, 8 (ill.). Lathrop, O. Pulis. "Leon Dabo." The Script (1907): pp. 149-151. [Portion of article in The Archives of American Art, New York, reel 677] New York Evening Post. January 27, 1907. [ Portion of article in New York Public Library artist file on Leon Dabo] "Among the Artists." American Art News 5 (March 30, 1907): p. 4. Spargo, John. "Leon Dabo, Poet in Color." Craftsman 13 (December 1907): pp. 261-268. Exhibition of Oriental and American Art (inaugural exhibition). Exh. cat., Alumni Memorial Hall, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, 1910, no. 85. Laurvik, J. Nilsen. "Leon Dabo-Landscape Painter." The International Studio 39, 155 (January 1910): p. 61 (ill.). [as The Sea] Burroughs, Clyde H. "Painting and Sculpture in Michigan." Michigan Historical Magazine 21 (1936): p. 54. Richardson, E.P. A Short History of Painting. New York, 1963, p. 195. Kenny, Sister M. Killian. A History of Painting in Michigan 1850 to WWII. Ph.D. diss., Wayne State University. Detroit, 1965, p. 69. Lewkow, Victoria. Leon Dabo: A Reassessment. M.A. Thesis, Wayne State University. Detroit, 1981. Sweeney, J. Gray. Artists of Michigan from the Nineteenth Century. Exh. cat., Muskegon Museum of Art. Muskegon, MI, 1987, pp. 154-159.

Leon Dabo, The Seashore, ca. 1905, oil on masonite. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of the artist, 06.2.