Leonard Maurer Linear Abstract Ink Drawing "Medusa," 1949
Leonard Maurer (District of Columbia, 1912–1970)
Ink drawing on paper
Signed to the lower right
Leonard Maurer, known for his abstract and modernist compositions in painting and printmaking, was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1912. Due to his father’s death, he left school to work several jobs, including one at a print company which allowed him to develop skills in sketching and printmaking. He then worked for the United States Army as a cartographer before WWII, a career he continued upon his return to the U.S. in 1945, where he worked for the U.S. Army Map Service in Washington D.C. He went on to earn a B.F.A. from American University, and then taught at Mt. Vernon College where he served as the chair of the art department until 1967. Maurer’s work has been widely exhibited across the United States, including being chosen to hang in the White House in 1969.
- print remounted with acid-free tape; toning to the paper and mat with concentrated discoloration to the edges of the mat; tear to the upper left corner of the mat; abrasions to the edges of the mat.
- measures mat; sight measures 13.75" W x 7.5" H.