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Adolf Arthur Dehn (1895-1968) was born in Waterville, Minnesota and began creating artwork at the age of six.

A premier lithographer and landscape watercolorist, who encompassed both the natural world and human nature in his artwork Dehn depicted both social satire and serene landscapes studies. His style, inventiveness, and exuberance were the hallmarks of his prints.

He studied at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1915 and the Art Students League in New York in 1917 where his increased awareness of politics inspired his desire to be a satirical artist.

After his art student days in Minneapolis and New York City, Dehn made the jump to Europe where, sketchbook in hand, he recorded sophisticated Vienna, dissolute Berlin, and the café scene of Paris. His lithographic techniques became bolder in the 1920s. Instead of only using fine lines drawn with a sharp crayon, he expanded his approach through such processes as covering the stone in black and then rubbing out gray areas with a gasoline-soaked cloth or cutting out white areas with a razor blade.

Dehn’s depiction of the varieties of the American landscape from New England to Colorado suited the popular and critical tastes of the 1930s and 1940s. In the last two decades of this career, he turned to color lithography, using combinations of two to five colors. His favorite subjects were taken from his travels to Haiti, Mexico, India, Afghanistan, Spain, and Ireland. He worked throughout his life with the finest printers—Meister Schulz in Berlin, Edmond Desjobert in Paris, and George Miller, Grant Arnold, and Lawrence Barrett in the United States.

For his contributions to modern lithography, Dehn was twice awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He taught at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center School and, in collaboration with Lawrence Barrett, wrote How to Draw and Print Lithographs (1950). His prints are in the collections of major museums in America, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The collection of works were donated to the museum by Virginia Dehn and Harmon Meeks Gallery and is sponsored in part by the Plattsburgh State Student Association, the Winkel Endowment, and the Friends of Art.
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