The Painter by the Sea

Graphite on paper

c. 1945

Estate stamp verso

In its general style, the work is similar to the illustrations Dehn made for an edition ofThe Tales of Guy de Maupassant, published by Random House in 1945. But it is not among the illustrations published in the book and doesn't correspond with any episode in the stories. While possibly a made for this purpose, perhaps as a sort of decorative vignette, surely it's a concotion of Adolf Dehn's own invention -- something that had a personal meaning for him, a parable or allegory of some sort. Similar in composition to a more finished drawing AD02469.

Provenance Estate of the artist