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Leonard Baskin    Pages: 1

(1922 2000) was an American sculptor, book illustrator, printmaker, graphic artist, writer and teacher.

Leonard Baskin was a first cousin of American modern dancer and choreographer, Sophie Maslow.

While he was a student at Yale University, he founded Gehenna Press, a small private press specializing in fine book production. From 1953 until 1974, he taught printmaking and sculpture at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

He lived most of his life in the U.S., but spent nine years in Devon at Lurley Manor, Lurley, near Tiverton, close to his friend Ted Hughes, for whom he illustrated Crow. Sylvia Plath dedicated "Sculptor" to Leonard Baskin. It was the penultimate poem in The Colossus (1960).

Leonard Baskin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, DC., (dedicated 1997), detailHis public commissions include a bas relief for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and a bronze statue of a seated figure, erected in 1994 for the Holocaust Memorial in Ann Arbor, MI.

His works are displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the British Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Vatican Museums.

Baskin died on June 3, 2000 at the age of 77.







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