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Adolf Dehn

Black and white photograph of Adolf Dehn (1895-1962)

Adolf Dehn (1895-1962), born in Waterville, Minnesota, created outstanding figurative prints, paintings, and drawings exemplifying well-defined form through the careful consideration of line and shape. Captivating landscapes and cityscapes comprise a significant portion of Dehn's body of work. But his portraits, which illustrate humanity with irreverence, humor, and affection, dominate Dehn's oeuvre. Dehn traveled extensively and visually documented his observations from his journeys to Europe, Mexico, India, Haiti, Venezuela, and his home state of Minnesota. Dehn began his art studies at The Minneapolis School of Art in 1915 and enrolled in the Art Students League in New York from approximately 1917-1918. In 1920 the master printer, George Miller, introduced Dehn to lithography, which became his preferred medium. Works Cited- Lumsdaine, Joycelyn Pang, Thomas O'Sullivan, and Adolf Dehn. The Prints of Adolf Dehn: A Catalogue Raisonne. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1987. Cox, Richard W. Adolf Dehn: A Life's Work. Boca Raton, FL.: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 1991. Henning, William. Adolf Dehn Retrospective: American Landscapes in Watercolor 1937-68. Naples, FL.: Harmon-Meek Gallery, 1985.

The works of Adolf Dehn presented below primarily show his work with landscapes.  There are other works included in this gallery that are not traditional landscapes, but they are portrayed below since they do indeed depict elements of nature or incorporate nature within the piece.


The digital images in this exhibit may not be reproduced for any reason without the written consent of St. Catherine University. Artwork available for faculty/staff use. If interested in reusing the images, please contact the Catherine G. Murphy Art Gallery Director, Nicole M. Watson at 651-690-6637 or