Ogden Pleissner

1905 - 1983

Ogden Pleissner was born April 29, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York. His childhood summers were spent in Wyoming where he learned to fish and gained an appreciation for the outdoors. After Pleissner attended the Art Students League he went on to teach at the Pratt Institution. Early in his career he strictly used oils to paint Western landscapes and scenes from New England and other maritime images. He was commissioned as captain in the United States Air Force during World War II as a war artist. Because of the wet climate he began using watercolors for a faster drying time and continued with this medium for the remainder of his career. Pleissner began working as a war correspondent for Life magazine in Europe and after the war he continued to travel from Europe to Wyoming painting sporting, wildlife and city scenes.

Many of Pleissner’s paintings from the war were donated to the Army Art Department and are now hanging in the Pentagon, West Point, and the Air Force Academy. Many of his other works can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as other museum collections.