1973. Lithographic print, 22 inches tall by 16 inches wide, printed on Arches paper. One of fifty, signed by the artist. Leonard Baskin was an American artist, sculptor, and printmaker. He founded the Gehenna Press while still a student at Yale, and he taught at Smith College in Massachusetts from 1953 to 1974. Baskin received rewards for his work from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the National Academy of Design. This piece, a self portrait of the artist in profile, is characteristic of Baskin's style, with dark frenetic lines giving the shadows an uncomfortable energy. Baskin, in brown, seems to be crying out as a demon-like green cat looms behind him, face shadowed and teeth bared. Baskin's own name curves across the bottom of the composition. This lithograph was part of a series created right before Baskin moved to England in 1974, and it was not officially editioned or distributed, nor was it included in the catalogue raisonné of Baskin's work. Very fine. Item #25971
(The Complete Prints of Leonard Baskin: A catalogue Raisonné 1948-1983).