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Leonard Baskin

Leonard Baskin portraitLeonard Baskin was born in 1922 in New Jersey, reared in New York and educated at a Yeshiva (a Jewish religious college) before studying at Yale. While teaching in Massachusetts he founded Gehenna, a private press which produced over 100 fine, illustrated books. He then moved to Devon for nine years, befriending the poet Ted Hughes and his wife Sylvia Plath and illustrating for both.

Baskin was a prolific print-maker; his prints varied from woodcuts to lithography and etching and his subjects covered portraits, flower studies, biblical, classical and mythological scenes. Baskin’s sculpture, watercolours, and prints are in the permanent collections of the world’s major art galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Vatican Museum and the Tate Gallery.
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