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LEONARD THIESSEN (1902-1989) wood engraving American artist

LEONARD THIESSEN (1902-1989) wood engraving American artist


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A wood engraving on thin paper, the sheet unframed and measuring 8 1/2" by 11", pencil titled "Wadcroft, Kettering, Northants", and pencil signed at lower right and numbered 71/100, by the artist, American artist LEONARD THIESSEN (1902-1989). This is a mid 1940's work by the Nebraska-born artist. Thiessen's father worked in printing in Omaha. The young Thiessen went to work for an architectural firm, and studied at university in Nebraska. He became an interior designer and decorator. In 1929 he studied art in Paris and then in London (where he studied wood engraving specifically) and later, Stockholm. During World War II, (when this piece would have been created) the artist was stationed as an intelligence officer in Kettering, England, the subject of the present work. Kettering, Northamptonshire is about 85 miles north of London. After the war, Thiessen returned to his native Nebraska, where he became an established voice in the fine art community there, and an authority on Nebraska art and artists. He wrote an art critic column from 1939 through 1969. The print was taped at the top corners as shown, and the thin wove paper has handling creases, especially in the margins.