In Defense of Beauty: Leon Dabo's Floral Oil

Leon Dabo's exhibition will be dedicated solely to his floral oils.

When: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Sullivan Goss Gallery, 7 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Event, Exhibitions


Exhibit dates: December 5, 2013 - February 2, 2014

Sullivan Goss is pleased to announce a replete exhibition of floral oil paintings from the Estate of French-born American artist Leon Dabo, NA (1864-1960) that were painted between the early 1890s and 1954. Leon Dabo’s early involvement with flower painting was generally kept hidden from the world until a breakout exhibition of florals at the famous Knoedler & Co. in 1933 made news in a number of New York newspapers.

An iconic American painter of the Belle Époque, Leon Dabo built his reputation as one of Whistler’s greatest disciples with a body of Tonalist landscapes in the burgeoning New York art scene of the early twentieth century. Dabo’s reputation thus rested in his Tonalist images and in his role as an organizer of the famous Armory Show exhibition of 1913. While these floral oils were shown at such prestigious venues as Knoedler & Co. in New York, Galerie Zak in Paris, and the French Salon Nationale, they remain less well-known than other parts of his oeuvre. Nevertheless, Dabo’s unique language of decorative abstraction found a special resonance in both the exotic colors and the bravura brushwork of his florals. Incorporating Whistler’s wispiness, Odilon Redon’s visionary qualities, and his apparent taste for Japonisme and Chinoiserie, Dabo won international acclaim from the 1933 exhibition onwards for his cosmopolitan vision of nature’s most decorative form.

This will be the first exhibition dedicated solely to his floral oils and will offer collectors a chance to see the full breadth of those works held in the Estate. To lend wider historical context, Sullivan Goss is excited to announce the publication of a hardbound book with an expansive catalog of known floral oils with essays by eminent American art historian, Dr. William Gerdts, and Gallery author, Nathan Vonk.

The book will be offered for sale for $39.95 at the opening of the exhibition on 1st Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Event posted Nov. 26, 2013
Last updated Dec. 18, 2013


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