Art: Sideline

"It is like being a poet," sighed Adolf Dehn. "You don't make money at it." For 20 years his lithographs of round-bellied priests, frock-coated bankers, mountain landscapes and Midwestern barnyards had been finding their way into museums and the portfolios of connoisseurs. But stocky, Minnesota-born Adolf Dehn wanted a quicker and handsomer welcome from fortune than Ralph Blakelock got (see above).

In 1936 he turned to watercolor, was soon turning out at least one a day. Within four years, he was one of the best-selling as well as one of the fastest water-colorists in the U.S.

The U.S. Navy took him up in...

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