13 Facts About Leonard Baskin


Leonard Baskin was an American sculptor, draughtsman and graphic artist, as well as founder of the Gehenna Press.


Leonard Baskin would go on to participate in another 40 exhibitions.


In 1972, Leonard Baskin won a Caldecott honor for his illustrations of Hosie's Alphabet, written by his wife, Lisa, and sons Tobias and Hosea, and published by Viking Press.


Leonard Baskin founded the Gehenna Press in 1942, one of the first fine art presses in the US, as a student at Yale, inspired by the illustrated books of William Blake which so impressed him he decided to learn to print and make his own books.


In 1974, Leonard Baskin moved with his family to Britain, to Lurley Manor, near Tiverton, Devon, to be close to his friend Ted Hughes, for whom he had illustrated the poetry volume Crow published in 1970.


Leonard Baskin studied at the New York University School of Architecture and Applied Arts from 1939 to 1941.


Leonard Baskin served in the US Navy during the final years of World War II, and then in the Merchant Navy.

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Leonard Baskin was a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists.


Leonard Baskin was the recipient of six honorary doctorates, and a member of various national and royal academies in Belgium, Italy, and US The National Foundation of Jewish Culture in the US presented him with its Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Visual Arts in 2000.


When Leonard Baskin was seven, the family relocated to the Jewish Orthodox section of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.


Leonard Baskin was first cousin to American modern dancer and choreographer Sophie Maslow.


Leonard Baskin died at age 77 on June 3,2000, in Northampton, where he resided.


Leonard Baskin was survived by his second wife Lisa Unger Baskin and their two children Hosea and Lucretia.