Sea and Rocks
Although best known as a lithographer of caricatured figure subjects, Adolf Dehn also worked with other media and subjects, including landscape watercolors. Dehn’s primary work in a black-and-white print medium may have led him to emphasize strong contrasts of light and dark, enhanced here by areas of drawing with a soft pencil or chalk. Although his talent for expressive form is also visible, this work is most impressive for Dehn’s dynamic control of the dark washes that broadly but forcefully define the jutting rock cliffs.
- Artist: Adolf Arthur Dehn, American, 1895-1968
- Medium: Watercolor and black media (chalk, soft pencil, or conté) on cream, medium thick, medium textured wove paper (BFK Rives)
- Dates: 1938
- Dimensions: Sheet: 15 1/8 x 22 3/8 in. (38.4 x 56.8 cm) Frame: 23 15/16 x 29 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (60.8 x 75.9 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Countermark along lower right edge, to the right of artist's signature: "BFK"
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Adolf Dehn '38"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 39.103
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: © Estate of Adolf Arthur Dehn
- Caption: Adolf Arthur Dehn (American, 1895-1968). Sea and Rocks, 1938. Watercolor and black media (chalk, soft pencil, or conté) on cream, medium thick, medium textured wove paper (BFK Rives), Sheet: 15 1/8 x 22 3/8 in. (38.4 x 56.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 39.103. © Estate of Adolf Arthur Dehn
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)