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