The Gentle Satire of Adolf Dehn

August 30 - December 18, 2016

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 centered on the apex of his expatriate years: a 1928 portfolio of ten lithographs that gently satirized Parisian café society and nightlife. In addition to later American subjects by Dehn, the exhibition featured the work of his friends and mentors, including Wanda Gág, William Gropper, and Boardman Robinson. Also on view were prints by Honoré Daumier and Thomas Nast, nineteenth-century caricaturists who inspired Dehn.


Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art.