Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983)
Autumn Grouse Shooting
signed "Pleissner" lower left
watercolor on paper, 17 1/2 by 27 1/2 1
Ogden Minton Pleissner was born in Brooklyn, New York, and studied figure painting and portraiturewith Frank DuMond and Frederick J. Boston at the Art Students League of New York. Despite growing up in the city, Pleissner was attracted to the outdoors and as a teen he visited dude ranches in Wyoming, where he sketched from life. In lateryears, Pleissner and his first wife, Mary, were regular guests at the CM Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming.
Pleissner wanted to be classified primarily as a landscape painter, who also loved to hunt andyears, Pleissner and his first wife, Mary, were regular guests at the CM Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Pleissner wanted to be classified primarily as a landscape painter, who also loved to hunt andfish. During World War II, Pleissner painted for the United States Air Force and "Life" magazine. During his years in the service, he primarily completed watercolors as the portability and immediacy of that medium accommodated working inthe field.
Pleissner’s work is included in more than thirty public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and hangs in the offices of the Pentagon, West Point, and the Air Force Academy.
Pleissner’s subjects range from the landscapes of Europe to salmon fishing in Quebec and his style is informed by the classical traditions. He is quoted as saying, “A fine painting is not just the subject...It is the feeling conveyed of form, bulk, space, dimensionality, and sensitivity. The mood of the picture, that is most important.”
Autumn Grouse Shooting shows a strong composition complete with gunner at the ready, dog staunchly holding point, and grouse on the wing crossing the brook.
Provenance: Private Collection, Florida, acquired from the Sportsman’s Edge Gallery, New York, November 1991
Literature: Shooting Sportsman, April/May 1999, illustrated on back cover.
Peter Bergh, The Art of Ogden M. Pleissner, Boston, MA, 1984, p. 1.
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