Bird Machine #3

Bird Machine #3

1953

Dorothy Dehner

(American, 1901-1994)

Engraving and roulette

Gift of the Dorothy Dehner Foundation for the Visual Arts 1995.160

Catalogue raisonné: Glaubinger 39; Teller 9

Description

Drawing was Dehner's primary means of expression from the 1930s through the 1950s. A superb draftsman and a master of line, in 1952 she began to work at Atelier 17, the print shop founded by Stanley William Hayter in Paris. In 1940 Hayter moved the workshop to New York and reinvigorated printmaking in this country. Dehner became proficient at engraving---a difficult, tedious technique---and her explorations of engraved line produced playful, witty, and lyrical compositions. Thanks to the gift of 11 prints from the Dorothy Dehner Foundation for the Visual Arts, the museum has a representative collection of Dehner's prints.

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