1916 - 2002




A California native, Leonard Edmondson, painter, printmaker, educator, and author, was born in Sacramento in 1916. His college studies began at the Los Angeles City College and continued at the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated in 1942 after earning his B.A. and M.A. in Fine Art. Between 1942 and 1946, Edmondson served in the U.S. Army in Military Intelligence. During these years, he traveled through Europe where he saw a body of work by Paul Klee. Immediately after the war, he explored the collections of the Louvre. Returning to California in 1947, he accepted the first teaching position of his distinguished career at the Pasadena City College. Concurrent with beginning teaching, Edmondson became absorbed with Klee and Kandinsky, studying Klee's Pedagogical Sketchbook and Kandinsky's theoretical writings. The year 1951 was pivotal for Edmondson as he made his first etching during a course taught by Ernest Freed and his first solo exhibition was held at the Felix Landau Gallery in Los Angeles. The following year his first solo museum show was mounted at the de Young Museum. Edmondson's career included professorships at the Otis Art Institute, University of California at Berkeley, Pratt Institute, and the California State University in Los Angeles where he remained until his retirement in 1986. An enumeration of his numerous awards and fellowships would furnish a roster equal in size to that of the exhibitions in which he has been included. In 1970, he published his technical treatise Etching, which is still a valuable reference to printmakers. A few of the repositories which include his works are the Bibliothèque Nationale, Cornell University, Detroit Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, New York Public Library, and the Worcester Art Museum.


Selected Collections


Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK

Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

California State University, Los Angeles, CA

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, TX

De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Detroit Museum of Art, Detroit, MI

Grunwald Collection, Los Angeles, CA

Ithaca College Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Washington, D.C.

Lindenwood College, Saint Charles, MO

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

New York Public Library, New York, NY

Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA

Olivet College, Olivet, MI

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA

Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

State of California, Sacramento

United States Information Agency

University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA

Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA













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