Eugene Dana: Geometric Abstractions


August 13th - September 10th, 2021

Born in Marengo, IL in 1912, Eugene Dana spent his early years growing up in Clinton, Iowa. In 1936, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1937, he studied Modern painting at the St. Paul School of Art with artists LeRoy Turner and Cameron Booth. In 1941, he studied at Harvard University with with the noted Bauhaus instructor, Josef Albers.

Dana’s first teaching assignment was at the South High School in Minneapolis, MN. Moving to Chicago, Dana became a longtime Professor of Art at the Institute of Design (ID) from 1947-1963. From 1966-1985, he became an instructor at the University of Illinois, Chicago (Circle campus). During his years at the ID and University of Illinois, Dana worked closely with fellow artist and instructor, Richard Koppe. Dana organized the Richard Koppe retrospective at the University of Illinois in 1977 after the artist’s untimely death.

During his lifetime, Eugene Dana accepted numerous visiting teaching positions throughout the country, including those at Drake University, Des Moines, IA; Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA and Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Dana exhibited at such national venues as the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (Guggenheim Foundation), New York, NY; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL and the St. Paul School of Art, St. Paul, MN, among others.

Together with his friend and colleague, Glenn Allen, the two artists established the Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, of which his estate collection benefits.

Eugene Dana died in Harvard, IL in 1996.

  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    The Tempest, Scenes from the Mask: The Naiads, 1994
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist’s painted frame
    37 3/4 x 25 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, upper left.

    #17406
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Summertime, 1980/1987
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist’s painted frame
    48 x 48 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, lower right.

    #17403
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Untitled (Abstraction), 1982
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist’s painted frame
    21 3/4 x 45 3/4 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, lower right.

    #17402
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Hashira - E: Pillar Painting Light, 1987
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist’s painted frame
    56 x 16 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, upper right; Titled on label on reverse.

    #17490
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Homage to Boutet de Monvel, 1980
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist’s painted frame
    35 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, lower left.

    #17398
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Earth Lines, 1983
    Acrylic on canvas, in artist’s painted frame
    38 x 33 1/2 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, lower right; Titled on label on reverse.

    #17408
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Vis-a-Vis, 1986
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist’s painted frame
    41 3/4 x 48 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, lower right; Titled on label on reverse.

    #8553
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    At Rest, 1980
    Acrylic on canvas
    32 x 40 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, lower right; Titled on label on reverse.

    #17488
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Turret, 1982
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist’s painted frame
    40 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, upper right; Titled on label on reverse.

    #17407
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Totem, 1986
    Acrylic on Masonite, in artist’s painted frame
    57 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, lower center.

    #17489
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Untitled (Abstraction), 1987
    Tempera and watercolor on paper
    26 1/2 x 37 1/2 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated, upper right; Titled on label on reverse.

    #17491
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Color Class: Red and Green, 1980
    Watercolor on paper
    18 x 18 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana 1980, lower left; Titled, dated and numbered on label on reverse.

    #17505
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Night Wings, 1979
    Watercolor and collage on paper
    14 3/4 x 28 1/4 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana 1979, lower right; titled, dated and numbered on label on reverse.

    #17504
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Ariel (From Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”), 1992
    Watercolor on paper
    20 x 15 inches

    Signed and dated Eugene Dana 6.22.92, lower left, titled lower right; titled, dated and numbered reverse.

    #17499
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Rainwalk, 1952
    Watercolor and tempera on paper
    28 x 20 3/4 inches

    Signed with initials E.D. and dated 1952, lower right; signed, titled and numbered on label on reverse.

    #17496
    SOLD
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Spherical Volume, 1955
    Gouache, tempera and graphite on toned paper
    22 x 21 inches

    Signed with initials E.D. and dated 1955, lower right; Signed, titled and numbered on label on reverse.

    #17497
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Aureole, 1983
    Watercolor on paper
    22 1/2 x 30 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana and dated lower right; Titled lower left.

    #17502
    SOLD
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Crack the Whip, 1950
    Watercolor and tempera on paper
    15 3/4 x 22 11/16 inches

    Signed with initials E.D. and dated, lower right; Titled and dated on reverse.

    #17404
    SOLD
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    The Greens and Violets, 1955
    Gouache on paper
    22 x 12 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 1955, lower right; titled on label on reverse.

    #17498
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Harlequin Four, 1950
    Ink and watercolor on paper
    22 x 21 1/2 inches

    Signed with initials and dated E.D. 1950, lower right; titled, dated and numbered on label on reverse.

    #17500
  • Eugene Dana
    American, 1912 - 1996
    Ibis, 1983
    Graphite and colored pencil on paper
    14 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches

    Signed Eugene Dana, lower right; dated lower right on sheet margin; titled and dated on label on reverse.

    #17503

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