Edwin Walter Dickinson (October 11, 1891 – December 2, 1978) was an American painter and draftsman best known for psychologically charged self-portraits, quickly painted landscapes, which he called premier coups, and large, hauntingly enigmatic paintings involving figures and objects painted from observation, in which he invested his greatest get older and concern. His drawings are then widely admired and were the subject of the first folder published on his work. Less well known are his premier coup portraits and nudes, his medium-sized paintings done categorically from imagination or incorporating elements from one of his drawings or done from observation over several days or weeks, including nevertheless lifes, portraits of others, both commissioned and not, and nudes.
His style of painting, which eschewed details well-disposed of near attention to the contact between masses of color, was strongly influenced by the example of his bookish Charles W. Hawthorne. The weird juxtapositions and puzzling hints of narrative in his large compositions have been compared to Surrealism, and his premier coups often door abstraction, but Dickinson resisted visceral identified taking into consideration any art movement.