Dehn was born in Waterville, Minnesota in 1895. His
art school training at the Minneapolis School of Art
introduced him to life-long friends Wanda Gag, Harry
Gottlieb, John Flannigan, Arnold Blanch, and Lucile
Lundquist (Blanch); all of them went to the Art Students
League in New York in 1917.
Dehn was introduced by the master printer, George Miller,
to lithography—which became his preferred medium.
After a prolonged European tour from 1921 to 1929, Dehn
returned to New York for the opening of an exhibition
at the Weyhe Gallery curated by Carl Zigrosser. The
exhibition was unusual for its content of 34 lithographs
and 15 drawings rather than the more typical oil paintings,
but sold well. As the Depression came upon the art world
in the 1930s, Dehn formed the Adolph Dehn Print Club,
participated in the American Artists Group, and was
one of the first and most successful artists in the
first year of Associated American Artists in 1934.
his early Minnesota subjects, Dehn became a world traveler.
In 1939 he held a Guggenheim Fellowship that allowed
him to travel to the Far West and Mexico. The following
year he was appointed summer instructor at the Colorado
Springs Fine Arts Center where he would return for many
years. In 1944 he went to Venezuela and in 1948-49
to Key West, Florida, Cuba, and Haiti.
represents the triumph of lithography in the middle
of the 20th century and his prints reflect many of the
movements in which he immersed himself and helped to
build and define, including Regionalism, The American
Scene, Social Realism, and caricature. We are pleased
to present him here in this exhibition along with several
of his contemporaries, including printmakers such as
Ernest Fiene, John Steuart Curry, and Gordon Grant,
all of whom were producing landscape lithographs around
the same period.
was an active member of many art societies including
the National Academy, American Watercolor Society, Woodstock
Artists Alliance and American Artists Congress, among
is held in the permanent collections of many institutions
including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of
Modern Art, National Museum of Norway, and numerous
others both nationally and internationally.
is listed in “Who Was Who in American Art”
by Falk and “Contemporary American Painting”