Dorothy Dehner, born Cleveland, OH 1901-died New York City 1994 Search this
pen and ink and watercolor wash on paper
sheet: 18 1/8 x 22 7/8 in. (46.1 x 58.2 cm)
This watercolor refers to Dehner’s life at Bolton Landing in upstate New York during the 1930s and ‘40s. Although the title suggests that she represented specific people, the forms relate instead to the natural world and only occasionally reference human beings. The tall, vertical shapes evoke totemic presences, but the variations endow each one with an individual personality.
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009