biography of Leon DABO (1865-1960)

Birth place: Detroit, MI

Death place: NYC

Addresses: NYC

Profession: Landscape painter, mural painter, writer, lecturer

Studied: with Daniel Vierge; Pierre Galland; Ecole des Beaux-Arts; Académie Julian, Paris; with Galliardi in Rome, 1887

Exhibited: AIC, 1906, 1911; Armory Show, 1913; PAFA, 1923, 1925; D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc., NYC, 1998 (retrospective).

Member: ANA, 1934; NAC; Sch. A Lg., N.Y.; Brooklyn SA; PS; Mural P.; Three Arts C., Cincinnati; Hopkin Club, Detroit, MI; Allied Artists, London; Royal Soc. of Arts and Sciences, London; Les Mireillos, Avignon, France; Les Amis des Arts, Arles, France; Société des Amis du Louvre, Paris. Award: Chevalier Legion of Honor, France.

Work: Luxembourg Mus., Paris; MMA; Nat. Gal., Wash., D.C.; Imperial Mus. A., Tokyo; Nat. Gal., Ottawa; BMFA; AIC; Herron AI.; A. Mus., St. Louis; Inst. A., Detroit; TMA; Mus. A., Montclair, N.J.; Poland Springs (Maine) Mus.; Milwaukee AA; Muncie AA; Hackley A. Gal., Muskegon, Mich.; Saginaw, Mich. AA; Arbuckle, Inst., Brooklyn, N.Y.; BMA; Mus. A., Newark; Mus. A., Fort Worth; Beloit Col. A. Gal., Beloit, Wis.; NOMA; Mem. A. Gal., Rochester; Reading (Pa.) Gal.; Mus. A., Minneapolis; Mus. Avignon, France; Montreal AA; Tuskegee Inst., Ala; Church of St. John, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Flower Mem. Lib., Water-town, N.Y.; Graham Gal., N.Y.

Comments: Born of French parents and brother of Theodore S. Dabo (see entry). He went to NYC in 1884 and became an employee and friend of John LaFarge (see entry), who gave him letters of introduction to leading French artists when he went to France to study. Dabo returned to NYC in 1892, and produced murals, as well as Hudson River scenes. He was one of the founders of the AAPS, which organized the 1913 Armory Show in NYC. (His name sometimes appears mistakenly as Leon Debo) Bibliography:Brown, The Story of the Armory Show; Gibson, Artists of Early Michigan, 83-84; Falk, Exh. Record Series.