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Leonard Baskin: Selections from a Powerful Legacy

Leonard Baskin: Selections from a Powerful Legacy

Leonard Baskin

Baskin is known for his sculpture and graphic arts, especially monumental woodcuts. He was committed to figurative art in a time when the art world focused on abstract expressionism. His work emphasized portraiture and the human condition, often malformed, exaggerated, and animal-like. Common themes include natural history, the Hebrew bible, Greek mythology, and poetry. As the son of a rabbi who grew up in a Jewish community in Brooklyn, Judaism and the Jewish Orthodox community are commonly featured. He was a frequent collaborator with many writers, especially Ted Hughes. Baskin’s work is included in the collections of most major institutions in the United States. He is recognized as a key contributor to the revitalization of fine art presses in addition to his distinction in sculpture and woodcut.

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Leonard Baskin, The Funeral

"Our human frame, our gutted mansion, our enveloping sack of beef and ash is yet a glory. Glorious in defining our universal sodality and glorious in defining our utter uniqueness. The human figure is the image of all men and of one man. It contains all and can express all."

Leonard Baskin, Artist

Leonard Baskin

Sibyl VIII

1989

22 x 14 3/4 inches (image/sheet)

Gouache on paper

$15,000

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Leonard Baskin

Deranged Flemish Artist

1984

31 x 23 inches (image/sheet)

Watercolor on paper

$8,500

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Leonard Baskin, Man with Red Hat (or Ahab)

Leonard Baskin

The Hanged Man

1955

67 x 20 inches (blocks), 77 1/2 x 32 inches (sheet)

Woodcut

Edition AP

$2,800

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Leonard Baskin

Leonard Baskin at 76

1999

40 x 29 inches (image), 52 x 40 inches (sheet)

Woodcut with lettering in red

Edition 9/50

$1,600

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Leonard Baskin, Sibyl (Red and Green)

Leonard Baskin

The Strabismic Jew

1955

40 1/4 x 22 1/2 inches (image), 45 x 24 1/2 inches (sheet)

Woodcut in black with red lettering

$1,500

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Leonard Baskin

Man with Dog

1953

35 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches (block), 40 x 15 1/2 inches (sheet)

Woodcut

Edition AP

$1,250

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Leonard Baskin, Mexico

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White Horse

Leonard Baskin

1972

32 x 20 inches

Lithograph

Edition 142/160

$900

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Leonard Baskin

Leonard Baskin AET 42

1962

32 x 23 1/2 inches (blocks), 35 x 24 inches (sheet)

Two-color woodcut

Edition AP

$825

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Leonard Baskin was born in 1922 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He studied at New York University, Yale University, the Academie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, the Accademia di Belle Arte in Florence, and the New School. Baskin taught at Smith College from 1953 to 1974 and at Hampshire College from 1984 to 1994. His first solo exhibition was held at Grace Borgenicht Gallery in 1953. He has had retrospectives at the Smithsonian, the Albertina, and the Library of Congress. He founded and ran the Gehenna Press for fine books until his death. Baskin passed away in 2000.

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