A small etching of a bearded, religious Jewish man, a title at bottom of the image in Hebrew characters translating approximately as "to good year you shall be written"---for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. The print is pencil signed at lower right by the noted, well-listed American artist LEONARD BASKIN (1922-2000). Baskin was born in New Jersey and educated at Yale, where he founded a small fine books press. This early experience with fine printing no doubt contributed to his later expertise in the medium. A catalogue raisonne of his more than 700 known graphic works includes a range from huge woodcuts to tiny etchings. Although Baskin's distinctive prints are most commonly encountered, he is actually well known for his sculpture, having trained under Maurice Glickman in New York in the late 1930's and early 1940's, a time when he was exposed to works by Ossip Zadkine, Henri Laurens, and Alexander Archipenko.
LEONARD BASKIN (1922-2000) etching of religious Jewish man by noted American artist and educator