Ogden Minton Pleissner

American , 1905 - 1983

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Ogden Minton Pleissner studied at the Art Students League in nearby Manhattan. He first gained acclaim with a backyard scene of Brooklyn that the Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased in 1932. He painted numerous pictures of American and European cities, but his greatest success came from the realms of landscape painting and outdoor sporting life.

During the mid- 1920s, Pleissner had begun a series of annual summer trips to the West, painting mostly in Wyoming. He traveled to Quebec and New Brunswick with a fishing rod and sketching equipment. During the remainder of the year, he traveled through New England and the South, taking notes of his experiences and observations, which he recorded in numerous sketches, paintings and prints. The first print Pleissner ever made was a lithograph entitled, “Atlantic Salmon Fishing”. It was limited edition of 350 issued by Frost & Reed in 1939.

Pleissner took a hiatus from sporting subjects during World War II and worked as a correspondent for Life magazine, portraying some of the major battlefields of Europe and the Normandy Invasion.

Pleissner was a member and former Vice President of the National Academy of Design. He won more than eighty awards for his work including the National Academy of Design’s Samuel F.B. Morse Medal of Honor in 1959, the Altman Prize in 1961, the Gold Medal of the American Watercolor Society in 1956, the Century Club Medal of Honor in 1958 and 1960, the Philadelphia Watercolor Club’s Joseph Pennell Medal in 1954 and the Audubon Artists’ Medal of Honor in 1950.
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