Dorothy Dolph Jensen began her study of art at a very young age.
Born in Forest Grove, Oregon she was sent to Europe at the age
of twelve where she would remain until 1914. While in Europe,
she began art studies first in Antwerp with a Monsieur Hanneau
and then became a student at the Academie Julian in Paris. It
was while attending this school that she first learned how to
produce etchings at the age of 13.
to the Northwest in 1914, Jensen moved to Seattle but returned
to Portland to study at the Portland Art School with Harry Wentz
and Sidney Bell.
her marriage in 1919 to Lloyd Jensen, the artist would remain
in Seattle permanently, becoming one of the City's most highly
respected artists. Lloyd Jensen himself was a noteworthy craftsman.
He produced exceptionally beautiful hand-carved frames not only
for his wife but also for most of Seattle and Alaska's most important
retained and developed her interest in printmaking, Jensen became
one of the city's few artists working in intaglio methods in the
1920's and 30's.
founding member of the Women Painters Of Washington in 1930, Dorothy
Dolph Jensen was also a charter member of the Northwest Watercolor
Society and an early exhibitor and long time member of the Northwest
Print-makers organization, which was formed in 1928.
Her exhibition history includes a one-woman show at the Seattle
Art Museum, the Seattle Fine Arts Society, Women Painters of Washington
as well as exhibitions in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago,
Cleveland and San Francisco.
work is in the Permanent Collection of the Portland Art Museum,
the Tacoma Art Museum and the Hallie-Ford Museum of Art, Salem,
portrait was from the class of Frederick Varley in which the Founders
of WPW met and formed the organization.
Graduate, c. 1934, oil on canvas
Old Ironsides, 1935, drypoint etching
in Blue Dress,
work is illustrated in
the following books:
Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945
University of California Press.
Encyclopedia of Women Artists
of the American West
Phil and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick
University of Texas Press.
Pacific Northwest Landscape,
A Painted History
& the artist's estate.
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