Wofford College Art Tour
Prints: Leonard Baskin - Part I
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Leonard Baskin | William Blake | Hitler | Ladislav Kralj | Natural History | Victorian | Chinese | Contemporary
By Leonard Baskin
Library, Littlejohn Rare Books Room
Leonard Baskin was born in 1922 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He studied at Yale University's School of Fine Arts, New School for Social Research, Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, and Accademie de Belle Arti, Florence. From 1953 to 1974 he was professor of sculpture and graphic arts at Smith College. The artist’s woodcuts, etchings, and sculpture are in the permanent collections of major museums and galleries. Baskin’s Gehenna Press in Northhampton, Massachusetts, is known for its fine limited editions, using handmade papers and hand printing to showcase his woodblock prints and etchings. The Baskin collection is largely a gift to the College from the late Richard B. Harwell. Mr. Harwell was curator of rare books at the University of Georgia, and Librarian at Georgia Southern College and Bowdoin College. At Bowdoin Mr. Harwell became friends with Baskin and began purchasing his work. The print of Ahab is a gift of Wofford College alumnus Frederick Coven Holder.