Leonard Baskin

1922 - 2000
Sculptor, Graphic Artist
Origin: United States
Born: August 15, 1922, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Died: June 3, 2000

Transfixed by a plasticene demonstration at Macy's in 1936, Leonard Baskin invested in some clay and immediately began modeling images from the Book of Knowledge. Sculptor Maurice Glickman became his mentor, and he attained formal art training at the New York University School of Architecture and Allied Art. In 1941, Baskin accepted a two-year scholarship to Yale University of Fine Arts. While at Yale, he started his own printing house, the Gehenna Press, which published more than 100 books. He published his own illustrations of obscure texts as well as his own writings. After World War II, Baskin obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the New School for Social Research in New York and, in 1950, studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, France. He returned to Europe in 1953 on a Guggenheim Fellowship. Baskin accepted many commissions, including the funeral cortege for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., and a seven-foot tall cast-bronze figure for the Ann Arbor Holocaust Memorial in Michigan. He created large wood block prints, watercolors, and sculptures in limestone, bronze, and wood.

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1980, Watercolor on Paper
Leonard Baskin
United States, 1922 - 2000