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Oral history interview with Adolf Dehn, 1963 January 23-1964 February 29

Dehn, Adolf Arthur, 1895-1968

Painter, Printmaker


Collection Information

Size: 50 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 6 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav file. Duration is 4 hr., 4 min.

Summary: An interview of Adolf Dehn conducted by Dorothy Gees Seckler between 1963 January 23-1964 Febuary 29 for the Archives of American Art.
Dehn speaks of his art training; military service; his drawings for "The Masses," "The Dian," "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

Adolf Dehn (1895-1968) was a painter and lithographer in New York, New York.


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.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Adolf Dehn, 1963 January 23-1964 February 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.