Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983)June Trout Fishing
signed "Pleissner" lower right
watercolor, 18 by 28 in.
A personal favorite of the artist, Pleissner selected this important work to be published as a print for Theodore Gordon Flyfishers in 1967.
Ogden Minton Pleissner was born in Brooklyn, New York, and studied figure painting and portraiture with 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 later years, Pleissner and his first wife, Mary, were regular guests at the C-M Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming.
Pleissner wanted to be classified as a landscape painter first, who also loved to hunt and fish. 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 in the 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.
While Pleissner's subjects range from the landscapes of Europe to salmon fishing in Quebec, 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."
"June Trout Fishing" is one of Pleissner's best known trout fishing watercolors. Bright and vibrant, it emotes the optimism of early season angling.
Provenance: Donal C. O'Brien Sr. Collection, acquired in 1966
Private Collection, by descent from the above
Literature: Peter M. Bergh "The Art of Ogden Pleissner," pp. 107-108, print of exact painting illustrated.
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