Leo John Meissner, American, 1895-1977
8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Although he lived in New York City most of his adult life, Meissner was drawn to the Maine landscape and ultimately settled on Monhegan Island. He depicted this view of the island for the American Artists Group. In it he has captured the dancing waves, the glint of reflected sunlight, and the antics of the gulls. The AAG catalogue refers to it as an "honest and straightforward representation of natural objects", but the complex composition formed between sea, rocks, and gulls reveals an interest in the formal aspects of the print, beyond simple reporting.
Gift of Carl and Marian Mullis
Cultivating America: Visions of the Landscape in Twentieth-Century Prints, March 8 - June 29, 2008
© Estate of Leo John Meissner. Image courtesy of the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Michael McKelvey.
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Leo John Meissner, American, 1895-1977, “Sea Gulls,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed January 17, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/7580.
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