Adolf Dehn was born in Waterville, Minnesota in 1895. He attended the Minneapolis School of Art as well as the Art Students League of New York. He was an avid traveler and spent most of the 1920s in Europe, working almost exclusively as a lithographer. He later spent time in Haiti, Cuba, Mexico and throughout the United States.
Two primary themes run throughout his work – landscape and caricature. His caricatures often captured the essence of the Roaring 20’s including burlesque, the opera and the café scene; his most noted landscapes focused on Central Park in New York and the rolling hills of the Midwest. He painted primarily in watercolor but is perhaps most known for his skills in lithography.
This exhibit will focus on landscapes – in both watercolor and lithography – and ranging in location from New York to the Midwest. The exhibit is pulled from the Museum’s extensive collection of work by the artist, a promised gift from the artist’s widow, Virginia Dehn.