Adolph Arthur Dehn
A pioneer in printmaking, Adolph Arthur Dehn was born in 1895. He studied at the Minneapolis School and the Art Students League in New York. He traveled to Europe in 1921 and for the next eight years, he supported himself by having his drawings published in several German and American magazines, including “Vanity Fair,” “Jugend,” “The Dial,” and “Masses”.
Influenced by the German Expressionist, Grosz, Dehn’s work was primarily black and white simple figure studies and satirizations of people he had encountered.
In 1927 he returned to the United States where he found his personal style and achieved success. He was employed by the Graphic Arts Division of the WPA Federal Arts Project in New York City, producing lithographs. Dehn’s work was included in the AIGA “Fifty Prints of the Year” from 1929 to 1936. In 1936, he was on the advisory board of the American Artists School.