MINTON PLEISSNER, N.A.
Ogden Pleissner was born in and
raised in Brooklyn, New York. He studied art at the Art Students
League in nearby Manhattan. The first painting to bring him
acclaim was of a backyard scene in Brooklyn, which the Metropolitan
Museum of Art purchased in 1932. From that time on, he painted
many views of American and European cities. However, it was
in the realms of landscape painting and outdoor sporting life
that Pleissner devoted most of his energies and had his greatest
In the mid-1920's, Pleissner
began a series of annual summer trips to the West, painting
in the vicinity of Wyoming. He also traveled, equipped with
a salmon rod and sketching equipment, to Quebec and New Brunswick.
During the rest of the year, he traveled through New England
and the South. These travels provided him with a multitude
of experiences and observations, which he recorded in numerous
sketches, oil paintings and watercolors. With his artistic
sensitivity towards the changing effects of weather, time
of year and climate, Pleissner captured the North American
fisherman and sportsman in realistic situations depicting
the beauty and diversity of nature.
During the second World War,
Pleissner took a brief hiatus from painting sporting subjects
to work as a correspondent for Life magazine. In that capacity,
he portrayed some of the major battlefields of Europe and
the Normandy Invasion.
A member and former vice-president
of the National Academy of Design, Ogden Pleissner received
more than eighty awards for his work including the National
Academy of Design's Samuel F.B. Morse Medal of Honor (1959)
and Altman Prize (1961); the Gold Medal of the American Watercolor
Society (1956); the Century Club Medal of Honor (for oil painting,
1958, and for watercolor, 1960); the Philadelphia Watercolor
Club's Joseph Pennell Medal (1954); and the Audubon Artists'
Medal of Honor (1950). His love of nature, gunning, and angling
united with his artistic talents to produce a rich and varied