"Farmer Smoking his Pipe"   Lot no. 3977

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By Albert Dorne (American- 1904-1965)

1940's (Estimated)
13.25 x 17"
India and colored inks
Signed Lower Right



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Dorne never got around to producing his volume of instruction for the Famous Artists Schools, but a lot of that material was delivered via the Famous Artists Magazine. Given his lavish and detailed treatment of this painting’s production, this has to be considered one of Dorne’s most important works. I think of this as a Regionalist work, Dorne’s answer to Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, American art’s two biggest names in this period. —Roger Reed

Additional images of Dorne explaining his method of painting and uses this piece as his example

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Albert Dorne was born and grew up on the Lower East Side of New York, and had to leave school in the eighth grade to go to work. In 1963, he fittingly received the Horatio Alger Award for Achievement from the American Schools and Colleges Association, Inc.

    Through a combination of natural ability and strong drive, Dorne progressed successively from being an unpaid assistant to a commercial artist to one of New York’s most successful advertising artists, while still in his early twenties. He went on to become a leading editorial illustrator, was elected president of the Society of Illustrators (1947-48), and in 1948 became the founder-director of the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut.

   These remarkably successful correspondence schools sprang originally from Dorne’s interest in helping aspiring artists who continually came to him for advice.

    Among his achievements, Dorne highly ranked his being co-founder of the Code of Ethics and Fair Practices of the Profession of Commercial Art and Illustration. In 1953, he was awarded the first Gold Medal for a “distinguished career” by the New York Art Directors Club. Adelphi College conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1958.