Exhibition Archives





Adolf Dehn’s Tales of Guy de Maupassant

January 25 |  May 6


In 1945, Random House commissioned Adolf Dehn to illustrate a new authoritative edition of Guy de Maupassant’s most famous short stories. Guy de Maupassant (1850–1893), considered a father of the modern short story, wrote works full of cruel—and sometimes humorous—plots twists along with a great deal of irony. The 20 prints in this exhibition are the original lithographs used to create the images for the book and are recent gifts of Janet and Joe Westheimer.


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This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum. Funding is generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment, and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.

Adolf Dehn, The Diamond Necklace from Tales of Guy de Maupassant (detail), 1945. Lithograph. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Janet and Joe Westheimer. 

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