Leon Dolice

Artist Biography

Born in Vienna, Leon Dolice was drawn to the arts as a young child. Foregoing his father’s profession as a machinist, Dolice spent his late teens and early twenties traveling throughout Europe to study art. In 1920, he immigrated to the United States, finding a retreat within bohemian Greenwich Village, and adopting his new neighborhood as his first subject. Dolice soon found himself among the company of modern artists such as George Luks, and he turned his focus increasingly to the urban scenery of New York City, painting the architecture and street views of his rapidly changing environs. Dolice traveled the East Coast, painting iconic scenes of cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, though he always returned to New York; his later pastels, linocuts, paintings, and engravings almost exclusively feature nostalgic New York City street scenes and landmarks. Today, Dolice’s works may be found in the collections of the Museum of the City of New York, New-York Historical Society, Print Club of Albany, and the New York Public Library.

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