Dehn, Adolf(American, 1895-1968)
Adolf Dehn is a noted lithographer and watercolorist of the 20th century whose works typically helped define important movements in American history including Regionalism, Social Realism, and caricature. Scenes often focus on the burlesque, caricature and nightlife of major European and American cities such as New York as well as landscapes and farm scenes of the American Midwest. He was born in Waterville, Minnesota where he began creating art as early as age 6. After some formal training, he began selling his inks drawings and lithographs by the year 1920. Throughout the 20s, he traveled around Europe depicting the vibrancy of the roaring twenties in cities such as Paris, France. Some of these caricatures were featured in publications such as Vanity Fair. He returned to the Midwest during the Great Depression and began working in the watercolor medium by 1936. By the 1940s he began creating scenes of city life in his eventual home of New York. By 1967, he had created 637 lithograph images, which are documented in a catalogue raisonne by the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul. The Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul as well as the Portland Museum of Art in Oregon houses all of his images in their permanent collections. Today, his works are housed in the permanent collections of nearly 100 museums, some of which have up to 250 prints.

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