Artifex: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press

Introduction

The early years of Gehenna Press

Baskin & Hughes

An Architect of the Page

“Of the making of books…”

Icones

Demons

Diptera

Honoring James Baldwin

The Oresteia

Capriccio

Sibyls

The early years of Gehenna Press : Wood Engraving

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In the early 1950s, Baskin taught himself the difficult art of wood engraving, which requires much skill and precise effort. The wood engraver carves into the end grain of very hard wood, usually made of boxwood, to produce blocks with very fine, delicate lines. This engraving block was used to print the pair of dogs in the upper right corner of the Castle Street Dogs sheet.

Castle Street Dogs Wood engraving block. Collection of Lisa Unger Baskin, Courtesy Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York.

Wood engraving block, printed.

Leonard Baskin. Castle Street Dogs. Wood engraving. Detail from Special proof sheet. Gehenna Press, 1954.

Gift of Janet (Class of 1952) and John E. (Class of 1951) Marqusee to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.