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Dorothy Dehner Art

American, 1901-1994

Dorothy Dehner was one of the important women artists in the United States in the mid-century American abstraction movement (the Museum of Modern Art in New York has more than a dozen of her works in its collection). Unfortunately, she has been overshadowed by the titanic presence of David Smith (the most important sculptor of the Abstract Expressionist period), whom she married when they were both young artists experimenting with abstraction in the 30s. Though she, too, devoted an amount of time making sculpture, she was the more talented painter of the two (they separated in the 40s, allegedly due to Smith's feelings of competition with Dehner). Her pen and ink and watercolor works are the most moving, expressive and original of her creations. When the Museum of Modern Art decided to buy one of her works for its permanent collection in 1953, it was one of these watercolors it chose. The Jewish Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art have held major retrospectives of Dehner's work. In 1993, the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased one of Dehner's watercolors from this same period. Her work is also in the British Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, Phillips Collection (Washington D. C.), Philadelphia Museum of Art and Museum of American Art, among others.

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Artist:Dorothy Dehner
Nickle Drawing
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Nickle Drawing Ink and watercolor on laid paper, 1982 Signed and dated lower right in ink The title references a comment that her husband, David Smith, made regarding her drawings. ...
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1980s Abstract Dorothy Dehner Art

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Watercolor

Chess Set
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Concord, MA
DOROTHY DEHNER (1901-1994) Chess Set, 1957 conceived, cast in 1993-4 Pewter Height: 2 - 4 inches Signed and numbered From an edition of 25 Dorothy Dehner was born in Clevelan...
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20th Century American Modern Dorothy Dehner Art

Embryi
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in New York, NY
Does it go without saying that sculptors make great prints? Dehner was a natural. Although she knew Stanley William Hayter from pre-war days when her husband, David Smith, had worked...
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1950s Abstract Dorothy Dehner Art

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Intaglio

Couple
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Concord, MA
DOROTHY DEHNER (1901-1994) Couple, 1988 Patinated corten steel 55 x 48 x 12 inches Signed, dated, and numbered at base: Dehner ’88 / 1/3 From an edition of 3 PROVENANCE Richard L. ...
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1980s Abstract Dorothy Dehner Art

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Steel

(Abstraction)
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in New York, NY
This large scale drawing is signed and dated ink and closely relates to her sculptures of this period. The dimensions of 23 x 31 inches are the size of the sheet of paper.
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Dorothy Dehner Art

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Ink, Pencil

(Poster Design)
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in New York, NY
This (Poster Design) was made for the exhibition 'Dorothy Dehner, Sculptures and Watercolors,' at the Willard Gallery, May 7 through 31, 1957.
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Dorothy Dehner Art

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Ink, Watercolor

The Dead Tiger
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Fairlawn, OH
One of a series of watercolors Dehner created in the Hudson Valley and gave to a patron. They are variations of the same composition with differing colors. Titled by the artist in p...
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1950s Abstract Dorothy Dehner Art

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Watercolor

Osmos
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed and dated by the artist lower left Ink, watercolor, and wash on paper
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1950s Abstract Expressionist Dorothy Dehner Art

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Ink, Watercolor

The Pinks and the Blues
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Fairlawn, OH
The Pinks and the Blues Watercolor and pen and ink, 1954 Signed and dated in ink lower left Sheet size: 22 7/8 x 18 1/4 inches Provenance: Gift of the Artist P...
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1950s Abstract Expressionist Dorothy Dehner Art

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Ink, Pen

"Navaho", 1970, Silkscreen by Dorothy Dehner
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Dorothy Dehner, American (1901 - 1994) Title: Navaho Year: 1970 Medium: Silkscreen, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 150 Image Size: 17 x 22 inches Size: 20 x 26 in. (5...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Dorothy Dehner Art

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Screen

The Pinks and the Blues
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Fairlawn, OH
The Pinks and the Blues Watercolor, pen and ink on paper, 1954 Signed and dated in ink lower left, titled in pencil verso. Provenance: Gift of the Artist Privat...
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1950s Abstract Dorothy Dehner Art

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Watercolor

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By John von Wicht
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By Pierre Courtin
Located in Fairlawn, OH
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By Dorothy Heller
Located in Fairlawn, OH
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H 11.25 in. W 7.75 in.
Yantra (Tantric Diagram)
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Unknown Artist, India, late 19th/early 20th Century Gouache and ink on paper, c. 1880-1900 Unsigned (as usual) Original Kulicke welded corner frame and label (see photos) Condition: ...
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19th Century Abstract Dorothy Dehner Art

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Untitled
By Laddie John Dill
Located in Fairlawn, OH
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The Maiden Aunts
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
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Dorothy Dehner "Untitled"
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Toronto, Ontario
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Study for Sculpture
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Fairlawn, OH
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Wind Harp
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Concord, MA
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Aerial to Infinity
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in New York, NY
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The Young Leaves (x-85)
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Palm Desert, CA
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On the Pink Plane (x-45)
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A gestural abstract work on paper, executed in shades of red, rose, and pink, by Dorothy Dehner. Signed bottom right, "Dorothy Dehner '53." Provenance: General Electric Corporate...
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Blue Balance (x-41)
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A gestural abstraction, executed in shade of blue pen and ink on paper, by Dorothy Dehner. Signed bottom right, "Dorothy Dehner '53." Provenance: General Electric Corporate Colle...
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Bolton's Landing
By Dorothy Dehner
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed and dated lower left Originally acquired as "Hills & Shacks, Virgin Islands," the current title was supplied by Dorothy Dehner's godson, Joel Corcos Levy. He recognized the u...
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1930s Dorothy Dehner Art

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