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 Dorothy Dolph Jensen  (1895 - 1977)

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Lived/Active: Oregon      Known for: etcher, mountain landscape, coastal view

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Biography from Martin-Zambito Fine Art:
Painter/print-maker Dorothy Dolph Jensen began her study of art at a very young age. Born in Forest Grove, Oregon to a prominent pioneer family, her grandfather was the US Senator from Oregon, Joseph N. Dolph and her mother was a well-known character actress, Augusta Armstrong Dolph. Dorothy 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 in Paris with Jean Paul Laurens 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.

Returning to the Northwest in 1914, Jensen moved to Seattle before attending the Portland Art School where she studied with Harry Wentz and Sidney Bell.

Dorothy met Lloyd E. Jensen while they were working together at the Schneider Art Gallery in Seattle around 1917. Lloyd was in the process of becoming the region’s finest frame-maker and Dorothy was working in the application of gold leafing. Following their marriage in 1919 she would remain in Seattle permanently, becoming one of the city's most highly respected artists and Lloyd the major framemaker.

Having 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. She and fellow WPW member Louise Gilbert created and printed their own etchings and drypoints from Dorothy’s press, which she had imported from France.

A 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 Printmakers Society.

Her exhibition history includes a one-woman show at the Seattle Art Museum in 1942; two solo exhibitions (one posthumous) at the Frye Art Museum, the Seattle Fine Arts Society, The Northwest Annuals at the Seattle Art Museum and the Nordic Heritage Museum (posthumous, 1995). She also exhibited in numerous group exhibitions with the Women Painters of Washington, as well as exhibitions in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland and San Francisco.

Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, The Jundt Museum, Gonzaga University, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Haley-Ford Museum, Salem, OR.

Her work is illustrated in the following books:
Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945 by Patricia Trenton, University of California Press.

An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West by Phil and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, University of Texas Press.

The Pacific Northwest Landscape, A Painted History by Kitty Harmon, Sasquatch Press.

An Enduring Legacy: Women Painters of Washington, 1930-2005, by David F. Martin, Whatcom Museum of History & Art, UW Press, 2005.

David Martin
Martin-Zambito Fine Art



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