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Untitled 2

Untitled 2

Adolf Arthur Dehn - American - 1895-1986
$450 unframed - Edition: 250

One of America’s premier lithographic artists of the twentieth century, Adolf Dehn first studied at the Minneapolis Art Institute and then spent the years of World War One as a conscientious objector.

In 1919, Dehn received a scholarship to study at the Art Students League, New York. There he met Boardman Robinson who was instrumental in publishing Dehn’s
drawings for the left-wing newspaper, The Masses. Robinson also introduced Dehn to the master printer, George Miller, and Dehn created his first lithographs under his instruction in 1920.

In 1921 Adolf Dehn set off for Europe in order, he stated, “to starve more elegantly.” He remained in Europe until 1929, living in Berlin, Vienna and Paris. During this period he supported himself almost entirely with his lithographs, most
of which were quite satiric in nature. Dehn returned to New York and set up his studio there in 1930. During the Depression years he became famous both for his satire and landscape lithographs. Beginning in 1941, Adolf Dehn taught at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.

He was elected a full member of the prestigious National Academy in 1961. His original lithographs are included in many major collections, including the British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. During his career, one of Dehn’s biggest supporters was the famous American art scholar, Carl Zigrosser. who wrote, “Dehn is the Debussy of the lithograph. He has no one approachin him. He works with pen or crayon, with point or flat edge, with wash and splatter and rubbed tones, he rubs and picks and scratches and scrapes... whatever is at hand. He caresses or attacks the stone according to his mood.” These words may help to explain the wonderful textures within this original Dehn lithograph. While most of Adolf Dehn’’s satirical lithographs were confined to the streets, shops and galleries of Paris and New York, his landscape
art drew upon his regular visits to either Minnesota or Colorado.

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