August 30th - December 18th
2016

The Gentle Satire of Adolf Dehn

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Adolf Dehn, "Sisters," from "Paris Lithographs," 1928, lithograph. Transfer from The Pennsylvania State University Libraries Print Collection, 2009.59.2

Adolf Dehn, Sisters, from Paris Lithographs, 1928, lithograph. Transfer from The Pennsylvania State University Libraries Print Collection, 2009.59.2

Adolf Dehn (1895–1968) cut his teeth creating trenchant illustrations for leftist publications such as The Masses in the late 1910s and then turned to lithography in the early 1920s. He spent much of the decade in Europe. This exhibition centers on the apex of his expatriate years: a 1928 portfolio of ten lithographs that gently satirizes Parisian café society and nightlife. In addition to later American subjects by Dehn, the exhibition features the work of his friends and mentors, including Wanda Gág, William Gropper, and Boardman Robinson. Also on view are prints by Honoré Daumier and Thomas Nast, nineteenth-century caricaturists who inspired Dehn.