Warren and Julie Payne


L o u i s v i l l e, K e n t u c k y

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oil on canvas

Identified verso with label from Speed Art Museum rental/purchase gallery

19 3/4 x 25 1/4 inches

21 1/2 x 27 inches (frame)



Dorothy Irene Smith Kohlhepp (1907-1964)

Dorothy Kohlhepp was a native of Boston, Massachusetts, who studied art in 1920s Paris, France, with Andre Lhote. She met her husband, fellow painter Norman Kohlhepp of Louisville, Kentucky, and persuaded him to join her in Paris and take up art. She was often referred to as her husband’s muse. The couple settled in Louisville, where they were major figures in the arts community. Their work was shown frequently at the Speed Art Museum, including a major exhibition in 1948.


Norman Kohlhepp was something of a chameleon in terms of his painting style, but Dorothy kept to her Cubist roots. And while Norman’s work rarely sees the light of day in the marketplace, Dorothy’s paintings show up regularly at auction, from Chicago, Illinois, to Cleveland, Ohio, to Indianapolis, Indiana.


Dorothy Kohlhepp was a member of the Society of Independent Artists.





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