The People in the Story; Bolton Landing
1949 Dorothy Dehner Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1901 Died: New York, New York 1994 pen and ink and watercolor wash on paper sheet: 18 1/8 x 22 7/8 in. (46.1 x 58.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1987.12.1 Not currently on view
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
Landscape - New York - Bolton Landing
paint - watercolor
paper - laid paper - f. j. read