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Artist Biography

 Born in Brooklyn, New York, and remaining a resident of New York, Ogden Pleissner became a painter in realist style of hunting genre, field and stream, scenes and also urban scapes of Europe. He studied at the Art Students League in New York and then headed West, where he painted the Teton Mountains in Wyoming.

In the 1930s, he began using watercolor as his primary medium, ever fascinated by its transparency. In 1932, the Metropolitan Museum of New York purchased one of his paintings, making him the youngest artist at that time in the museum collection.

During World War II, he painted Aleutian bases in for the United States Air Force and also illustrated the Normandy invasion for Life magazine. After the war, he painted urban views of France.


Michael Zellman, "300 Years of American Art"