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[ Image:  Little Mennonite Girl (1991) ]

Little Mennonite Girl (1991)

Details of prints
and enlarged images
can be found in the
Catalogue of Prints.

Mauricio Lasansky

Mauricio Lasansky (1914-2012) is remembered today as one of the fathers of 20th century American printmaking. During his lifetime he played a pivotal role in revitalizing graphic art mediums and establishing them as an important form of artistic expression on par with painting and sculpture.

As an artist Lasansky is best known for significantly expanding the possibilities of intaglio printmaking, a process in which an image is created on the surface of a metal plate using a range of techniques such as: etching, drypoint, aquatint, and engraving. Many of the prints in his oeuvre remain among the largest and most technically complex in existence.

Lasansky was also a teacher for most of his life - first in his native Argentina and later in Iowa where he lived for more than 65 years. At the University of Iowa in Iowa City, he developed a printmaking workshop that was ranked among the very best in the world. In 1966, Time magazine called Lasansky "the nation's most influential printmaker." During his tenure, he had the opportunity to disseminate his extensive knowledge of printmaking processes to generations of students, many of whom went on to become successful artists and professors themselves. Lasansky’s legacy as an artist-educator figures prominently in what has become known as the post-World War II renaissance of American printmaking.

Lasansky is also known worldwide for works of art that examine the brutality of Nazi Germany. Best known are The Nazi Drawings, a powerful expression of the profound disgust and outrage Lasansky felt after viewing a US Military documentary showing the victims and aftermath of Nazi atrocities. Lasansky worked intensively for six years to create the series, which consists of thirty individual pieces and one triptych. The drawings were created with pencil, water- and turpentine-based washes, and collage on common commercial paper. Since their completion in the late 1960's, The Nazi Drawings have been exhibited in many prominent art museums, and have received widespread public attention. In 1967, The Nazi Drawings, along with shows by Louise Nevelson and Andrew Wyeth, were the first exhibits installed at the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The series will be featured at the Minnesota Institute of Art in late 2020.

A permanent display of Lasansky's art can be seen and collected at the Lasansky Corporation Gallery in downtown Iowa City. Please contact us about availability.

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Remembering Phillip Lasansky his decades of dedication to art in the corridor

Louis Phillip Lasansky loved art, though it was in a different way than the rest of his family. Born in Iowa City on Dec. 10, 1954, Phillip passed away unexpectedly at the age of 65 last month, on Jan. 18. One of the six children of Emilia Lasansky and Mauricio Lieb Lasansky (renowned for the "Nazi Drawings" and his intaglio printmaking). Phillip was known across the Iowa art world for his constant involvement.

Phillip ran The Lasansky Corporation Gallery, which was largely dedicated to displaying the works of his father. He regularly allowed local students to tour and would speak on the history and work of his father and, occasionally, his younger brother artist Toms Lasansky. Though not involved in the creation of his own art, Phillip was prolific in his love of artists and art history, having spent decades volunteering at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum where he served on the board and in various committees. Read More

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