Minnesota - Adolf Dehn

Dehn studied at the Minnesota School of Art (1914) and won a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York. In the twenties he drifted about Europe supporting himself through his lithography. He returned to America in 1929 and by the mid-thirties was drawing caricatures for the New Yorker, Vogue, etc. Parallel to this he was developing his lithography and became a leading American exponent of the medium. He taught at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Centre. Dehn, although German by descent, was born in Minnesota and even when based away would return often to paint scenes around his native town of Waterville. Given his sharp wit, his School Print is surprisingly without edge and, presenting the American equivalent of a tranquil English villge scene, was not received with much enthusiasm. (1987, Jocelyn Lumsdaine and Thomas O'Sullivan, The Prints of Adolf Dehn: A Catalogue Raisonné, Minnesota Historical Society)  Full image