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Edwin W. Dickinson

Edwin W. Dickinson


Edwin W. Dickinson is best known for divergent styles of painting. In winter he created large, dark, dreamlike hallucinations with bizarre spatial shifts and in summer he painted quickly executed “premiers coups” of the atmospheric effects on lands and sea, as can be seen in his interpretation of Point Lookout on Long Island.

Dickinson attended the State Normal and Training School in Buffalo in 1904, and then went on to study at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn (1910), The National Academy of Design (1911) and Art Students League of New York (1911-1912), Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown (1912-1914), and Buffalo Fine Arts Academy (1913). Known as a painter’s painter, he was an instructor at the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy (1916) and was a member of the Art Institute of Buffalo faculty who taught a special ten-week course in life drawing and painting in 1939. He also taught at the Art Students League of New York 1922-23, and from 1945 through 1966. As well, he was among the faculty at The Cooper Union in New York (1945-49), Art School of the Brooklyn Museum (1949-58), Pratt Institute (1950-51) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Massachusetts in 1956 and 1958.

Helen Dickinson Baldwin compiled The Edwin Dickinson Catalogue Raisonné which includes a catalogue of his works, chronology, exhibitions, bibliography, public collections, and statements. ( See