Adolph 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.
In 1920 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.