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Anxious States: Expressionism from Gauguin to Oliveira

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Man with Spring Plants

20th Century
20 1/2 in. x 13 1/4 in. (52.07 cm x 33.66 cm)

Leonard Baskin, American, (1922–2000)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Wood engraving on paper
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 1956.78
Although Man with Spring Plants was not created within the context of German Expressionism, it combines many of the elements that defined the movement. Leonard Baskin was a noted printmaker and sculptor who spent several decades teaching printmaking at Smith College, Amherst College, and Hampshire College. In Man with Spring Plants, Baskin channels human emotion with nature. The expressive and fluid lines that develop the figure resemble roots which stylistically link the man to his plants. Nature and how it connects to the human form and consciousness was of significant interest to the German Expressionists who sought to return to a simpler state of mind. Man with Spring Plants represents the enduring influence of the German Expressionists as artists seek to engage the emotional core of the viewer through visual imagery.

--Natasha Culbreth, December 2017

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Image Dimensions: 13 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (34.29 cm x 13.97 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 24 in. x 20 in. (60.96 cm x 50.8 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 20 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (52.07 x 33.66 cm)

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