about Dewey AlbinsonLeone Stein
Debbie,Have just seen your 2004 posting with AskArt! Dewey Albinson was my father. I would be happy to e-mail you a catalog of a recent American Swedish Institute exhibit of his works which has a brief bio. and to share other information. Leone (Albinson)Stein
Anyone Seen It?Sue Williams (Mrs.)
Dewey Albinson painted a portrait of my mother, Doris Cyrena Marklund, when she was a student of his in Minneapolis. Has anyone seen a portrait he did of a dark-haired beauty in a rose woolen dress with a flounce? Would love to know where it is.
I grew up in a home with the best painting of Albinson's that I've seen. It is a dark and very modernist oil painting of the St. Croix River near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. It's a winter scene with a tree in the foreground and boulders. Very WPA. I always thought it looked like a Midwestern Maynard Dixon in the sense that it captured both the spirit of modernist painting in the WPA era but also perfectly captured the place: the sturdy trees, the darkness of winter, the boldness and timelessness of the natural world. My mother's painting is very large yet concentrates on a small piece of the landscape and blows it up into something very monumental (like Dixon). Because of the impact of this painting on me, I have sought out information about the painter. I recently bought a Dewey Albinson at auction that had, last year, turned up in a 'junk' auction in Hyannis, Massachusetts. It is also a stunning winter scene, though I would say not as definitive a piece of work as my mother's Albinson. Mine, on the other hand, is a little more interesting in that he takes a piece of the landscape that is less 'pretty'and pours his painter's soul into it. I believe it is also set near the St. Croix River, perhaps on the Wisconsin side, near St. Croix Falls, but maybe on the Taylors Falls side. He has painted some slightly ramshackle buildings in winter. The river's in the background, and snow is weighting down the dark houses and trees. He uses some strokes of a pale lavender to show the snow and the light on the buildings. This is quite unlike my mother's piece, which has some deep dark greens to bring signs of life to the winter landscape. My painting is more Midwest-ashcan-school in theme, and yet brings in a lovely pastel to lighten the palette. There is another painter of the same time frame named Alexander Masley, who, I believe, was also a friend of Albinson's. His drawings of the same area around Taylors Falls, Minnesota, are very similar and of the same 1930s era.
Father Marquette MuralPaul E. Petosky
The New Marquette, MI Post Office was dedicated in 1937 and in the lobby is mural of Father Marquette by artist Dewey Albinson.