Art dealer Zoe Dusanne shares her antique couch with George Tsutakawa and John Matsudaira, left and right, while to the sides in modern chairs are Paul Horiuchi, left, and Kenjiro Nomura, right. They are the quartet of Japanese-American artists Dusanne exhibited together in her gallery in 1952, the year also that Elmer Ogawa took this...

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Art dealer Zoe Dusanne shares her antique couch with George Tsutakawa and John Matsudaira, left and right, while to the sides in modern chairs are Paul Horiuchi, left, and Kenjiro Nomura, right. They are the quartet of Japanese-American artists Dusanne exhibited together in her gallery in 1952, the year also that Elmer Ogawa took this group portrait of them.

According to art historian and curator Barbara Johns, in her new book “Paul Horiuchi, East and West” (University of Washington Press, $29.95), after Dusanne moved to Seattle from New York at the start of World War II, her collection of modern art, including Klee, Kandinsky, Picasso and others, was exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum to profound effect. Johns quotes Seattle Times critic Louis Guzzo: “She broke down provincial resistance to modern art and introduced bold contemporaries to persons who hadn’t dared to endorse artists who hadn’t been dead at least 50 years.”

In 1952 Dusanne’s combined gallery and home overlooked Lake Union at 1303 Lakeview Place. Then but 2 years old, it was, Johns notes, the first contemporary gallery in the city.

Jo Ann Ridley, who is writing a biography of Dusanne, also follows the then-74-year-old Zoe to her new gallery on Capitol Hill, which she opened with a solo show of paintings by Horiuchi.

Pacific Northwest readers should know that besides writing her new book, Barbara Johns curated a show of Horiuchi’s art. It is still showing at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, 121 S. First St. (www.museumofnwart.org), and can be enjoyed there until June 15.

“Washington Then and Now,” by Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard, can be purchased through www.washingtonthenandnow.com ($45) or through Tartu Publications at P.O. Box 85208, Seattle, WA 98145.