The product of five years of Parisian training and numerous visits to James Abbott McNeil Whistler's London studio, Dabo described his landscapes as "pretexts for beautiful color arrangement." In Rondout, New York, the dark tonal harmonies of blue-gray and pale yellow, and the choice of a riverside subject recall Whistler's paintings of the Thames. Dabo's calligraphic brushwork of the trees, boats and figures may have their source in his study of Asian painting. In this moody twilight view, Dabo took full advantage of the steely gray expanse of the Hudson River at Rondout Creek near Kingston, New York. Lights on the distant shore begin to twinkle and the last residue of daylight seems to surrender to nightfall.
Samuel O. Buckner, Milwaukee; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1907.