biography of Adolf Arthur DEHN (1895-1968)

Birth place: Waterville, MN

Death place: NYC

Addresses: NYC; Europe, 1921-29

Profession: Painter, lithographer, illustrator

Studied: Minneapolis Sch. Art, 1914-17; ASL with Boardman Robinson, Kenneth Hayes Miller, 1917-18.

Exhibited: MoMA; BMFA; NYPL; Soc. Am. Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, 1920; Minneapolis Inst. Art, 1927, 1931; Knoedler Gal., 1928; Nat. Univ. Mexico, 1929; Am. Inst. Graphic Arts, NYC, 1929-35; Am. Printmakers Ann., NYC, 1929, 1930, 1932-35; Newark PL, 1929; Salons of Am., 1929; Weyhe Gal., NYC, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1938; BM, 1930; CMA, 1931; AIC, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938, 1940-42, 1943 (prize), 1946, 1949; WMAA, 1933-62; Newport (RI) Art Assoc., 1933; Macbeth Gal., NYC, 1933; NAD, 1936; Assoc. Am. Artists, NYC, 1941, 1947; MMA, 1944; Brooklyn PL, 1944; LOC, 1946 (prize); Dayton Art Inst., 1946; Corcoran Gal, 1949-57; PAFA, 1950, 1952; Norton Gal. & School Art, West Palm Beach, 1951; Milch Gal., NYC, 1957, 1960, 1965; Drasner Gal., NYC, 1958; F.A.R. Gal., NYC, 1964, 1965, 1968; Amon Carter Mus., 1969; Studio North, Towson, MD, 1969; Kennedy Gal., NYC, 1971; Hirschl and Adler Gal., NYC, 1976; Jacques Baruch Gal., Chicago, 1977; Harmon Gal., Naples, FL, 1981. Awards: Guggenheim Fellowship, 1939, 1951; prizes, Philadelphia Artists All., 1936; Philadelphia Print Club, 1939.

Member: ANA; NA; Am. Acad. Arts & Letters, 1965; An Am. Group; Am. Artists Congress; Am. Soc. Painters, Sculptors & Gravers; Am. Printmakers; Am. Watercolor Soc.; Am. Inst. Graphic Artists; Century Assoc.; Woodstock AA

Work: MMA; MoMA; WMAA; NYPL; BM; AIC; BMFA; CMA; Minneapolis Inst. Art; CAM; U.S. Navy; Standard Oil Co.; Newark Mus. Art; AGAA; SAM; Milwaukee AI; SFMA; Nat. Museum, Oslo, Norway; British Mus.; Kupferstich Kabinett, Berlin; The Albertina, Vienna; Honolulu Acad. FA; Fifty Prints of the Year, 1926-36; Woodstock AA

Comments: About 1921 Dehn traveled in Germany, France and England, then remained in Vienna until 1929. After 1930 he had a studio in NYC. Dehn developed new techniques in lithography and showed himself to be a good-natured satirist and keen observer of NYC cabaret life as well as in Europe. Position: advisor/instructor, Famous Artists School. Author: Watercolor Painting," 1945; "How to Draw and Print Lithographs," 1950; "Watercolor, Gouache and Casein Painting," 1955. Contributor of illus. to Life Magazine, 1941.

Sources: WW66; WW47; Woodstock's Art Heritage, 80-81; P&H Samuels, 133; American Scene Painting and Sculpture, 58 (w/repro.); Woodstock AA; Falk, Exh. Record Series.