Oral history interview with Adolf Dehn, 1963 Jan. 23-1964 Feb. 29

Dehn, Adolf Arthur , b. 1895 d. 1968
Painter, Printmaker
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Sound recordings: 6 sound tape reels ; 5 in.
Transcript: 50 p.

Collection Summary: An interview of Adolf Dehn conducted by Dorothy Gees Seckler between 1963 Jan. 23-1964 Feb. 29 for the Archives of American Art.

Dehn speaks of his art training; military service; his drawings for THE MASSES, THE DIAL, PLAYBOY, BROOM, VANITY FAIR, and other publications; odd jobs; his European travels; his first wife, Mura Ziperovitch; the influence of Jules Pascin, George Grosz and Mayan art upon his work; his use of batik, lithography, watercolor, crayon-wash, casein, and gouache; exhibitions as Weyhe Gallery in New York City; and Federal Art Projects. He recalls Arnold Blanch, John Flanagan, Wanda Hazel Gág, Boardman Robinson, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, lithographer; New York, N.Y.

These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

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This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Adolf Dehn, 1963 Jan. 23-1964 Feb. 29, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Adolf Dehn, 1963 Jan. 23-1964 Feb. 29, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.