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Dorothy Dehner

The People in the Story; Bolton Landing
pen and ink and watercolor wash
18 1/8 x 22 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase

The People in the Story; Bolton Landing refers to the artist's life at Bolton Landing in upstate New York during the 1930s and '40s. Though the title of this drawing suggests that specific people are represented, the forms relate instead to the natural world with only occasional reference to human beings. The tall, vertical forms evoke totemic presences, but the variations from one to the next endow each form with an individual personality.