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Leonard Baskin - History and accomplishments, Awards, Trivia

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Graphic artist and sculptor, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. He studied at New York University and Yale, and later in France and Italy. His sculptures, begun in the 1950s, show his dedication to social humanism, as seen in the wood, bronze, and stone series ‘Dead Men’, ‘Birdmen’, and ‘Oppressed Men’. His etchings, woodblocks, and graphics exhibit his elegiac and technically sophisticated approach, as seen in ‘Man of Peace’ (1952) and ‘Angel of Death’ (1959). He taught at Smith College, Northampton, MA (1953–74). In 1990 he undertook his major work, the long-delayed Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial for Washington, DC, dedicated in 1997.

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