Leonard Baskin, Hephaestus, 1963, wood, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Anonymous Donors, © The Estate of Leonard Baskin; Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York, 69.36
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- Dimensions (H x W x D)
46 1/4 in x 21 in x 21 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
signature/maker's mark: signed and dated (carved on back of base at left): L.b. '63
- Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary Art
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Anonymous Donors
- Accession Number
© The Estate of Leonard Baskin; Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York
The son of a rabbi, Leonard Baskin’s education at yeshiva (Jewish religious college) had a profound effect on his aesthetic. Besides sculpting, he was a writer, book illustrator, water-colorist, and print-maker.
Baskin became intrigued by Greek history, philosophy, and mythology at an early age and this study inspired many of his sculptures and paintings, including Hephaestus. The son of Zeus and Hera, Hephaestus was the god of fire, metalworking, stone masonry, and the art of sculpture.