With the financial assistance of philanthropist Henry Harby and future gallery owner Charles Daniel, New York native Preston Dickinson moved to Paris at the turn of the 20th century, where he was influenced by the avant-garde artists Paul Cézanne, Georges Braque, and Juan Gris. During this period, he studied at the École des Beaux Arts and the Académie Julian and exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Françaises and the Salon des Indépendants. Upon his return to New York, Dickinson applied the Cubism he had learned in Paris to distinctly American subjects, including modern architecture and industry. His emphasis on the American scene and his tightly controlled use of line linked him with the Precisionists, notably Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, with whom he exhibited at the Charles Daniel Gallery.
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