Leonard Baskin is widely considered one of the preeminent figures of 20th century American art. Creatively active for over five decades as a sculptor, printmaker, painter, illustrator, critic, book publisher, and educator, his work resonates with a rare degree of visual, social, and intellectual intensity. He was, however, most notable for his monumental woodcuts that brought figurative printmaking on par with the abstract expressionists who were popular at the time. As a writer, he offered searing comments on important and often overlooked artists, and as a maker of books his Gehenna Press set the standard against which all fine press books are measured. Baskin received numerous honors, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Gold Medal of the National Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award. He had many retrospective exhibitions, including those at the Smithsonian, the Albertina, and the Library of Congress.
Medium: Lithograph Dimensions: 34 x 24 inches (image) 41 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed and signed in the stone. Dedicated "for Nick" Artist details: American, 1922 - 2000 Date finished: 1974 Reference: Fern 641
Series: Commissioned by the U.S. National Parks Service Medium: Lithograph Dimensions: 33 1/4 x 22 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1922 - 2000 Date of plate: 1972 Edition: 23/160 Reference: Fern 609
Medium: Color woodcut Dimensions: 32 x 23 1/2 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1922 - 2000 Date finished: 1965 Edition: 89/150 Reference: Fern 484 Condition: Minor damage at edges, small margins.
Series: "The Seven Deadly Sins" Poems by Anthony Hecht Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 3 3/16 inches (diameter) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1922 - 2000 Date of impression: 1958 Reference: Fern 356 Publisher: The Gehenna Press, Northampton, MA
Series: Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare Medium: Etching Dimensions: 12 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches Signature: Signed in the plate and in pencil Artist details: American, 1922 - 2000 Date of plate: 1970 Edition: 3/200 Publisher: Gehenna Press
Series: Etchings of Ten Favorite Artists Medium: Etching Dimensions: 17 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1922 - 2000 Date of impression: 1962 Edition: 1/50 Reference: Fern 428 Publisher: Herman D. Schickman, Delphic Arts, New York