Pleissner, Ogden M.

Alternative names

Hide Profile

Painter; New York, N.Y.

Born 1905, died 1983. Painted sporting scenes and landscapes.

From the description of Ogden M. Pleissner papers, 1930-1976. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123430309

Painter; New York, N.Y.

Born 1905, died 1983. Worked as an artist in World War II in the Air Force.

From the description of Ogden M. Pleissner papers, 1928-1976. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 233006986

Ogden Minton Pleissner was born on April 29, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, son of George W. and Christine Minton Pleissner. He began his education at the Brooklyn Friends School. One summer while a teenager, he was sent to Charlie Moore's ranch in Dubois, Wyoming, in order to improve his health. During pack trips, camping, and trout fishing in Yellowstone Park and the Buffalo Forks country, Pleissner became devoted to the outdoor life, developing his skills as a hunter and fisherman. He began drawing images of horses, cowboys, Native Americans, and scenery and realized that his interest in art was strong enough to pursue it in school.

From 1924 to 1927 Pleissner attended the Art Students League in New York, studying under George Bridgman and Frank V. DuMond. Pleissner continued his studies with DuMond in Cape Breton, where he also met Mary Corbett whom he married in 1929. In the following year, Pleissner held his first solo exhibition at the Macbeth Gallery in New York. Although he maintained a studio in New York City, Pleissner and his wife spent many summers in Wyoming, later expanding their travel to Europe.

In 1940 Pleissner was elected a National Academician. Two years later, he was commissioned by the U.S. Office of Emergency Management on the advice of the Section of Fine Arts to visit various war industries to make a group of 10 paintings depicting the work in these plants.

In 1943, Pleissner was commissioned as Captain in the Army Air Forces to work as an artist with the Historical Division, painting a record of the Air Force activities. After training, he was deployed to Anchorage, Alaska, and from there he visited many of the Aleutian Islands. Due to lack of funding, his original mission was changed, and he was put on inactive duty in November 1943, in order to continue his work as a War Art Correspondent for Life magazine. This allowed him to complete his paintings of the Aleutian Islands. In the spring of 1944, he flew to headquarters in London, England, later following the Normandy invasion through northern France, he painted scenes from the critical battle at St. Lo. In the summer of 1945, Life magazine sent him on a tour of Europe to make a series of paintings of the most significant battle sites, including Omaha Beach, Remagen, and Anzio.

During his post-war career, Pleissner participated in many organizations, including his service as vice-president of the National Academy of Design, director of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and trustee at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. He was also a member of the Salmagundi Club, the National Arts Club, and the Brooklyn Society of Artists. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum.

In the 1970s Pleissner traveled extensively in Europe and spent summers at his studio in Pawlet, Vermont.

Ogden M. Pleissner died of a heart attack on October 24, 1983 in London, England.

From the guide to the Ogden M. Pleissner papers, 1928-1976, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Harry Wickey Papers, 1928-1965 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Pleissner, Ogden M. Ogden M. Pleissner papers, 1930-1976. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Allied Artists of America. Allied Artists of America records, 1914-1977. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Ogden M. Pleissner papers, 1928-1976 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Kent, Norman, 1903-1972. Norman Kent papers, 1939-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Pleissner, Ogden M.. Ogden Minton Pleissner : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
creatorOf Pleissner, Ogden M. Ogden M. Pleissner papers, 1928-1976. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Milch Gallery records, 1911-1980 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf Milch Gallery. Milch Gallery records, 1911-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Cady, Harrison, 1877-1970. Harrison Cady papers, 1902-2002. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf PLEISSNER, OGDEN. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Eliot Candee Clark Papers, 1910-1969 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Milch Gallery. Milch Gallery records, 1911-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Pleissner, Ogden M. : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Peter A. Juley & Son. Ogden M. Pleissner [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Pleissner, Ogden M. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf New Britain Museum of American Art. New Britain Museum of American Art records, 1907-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Allied Artists of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Cady, Harrison, 1877-1970. person
associatedWith Clark, Eliot Candee, 1883- person
associatedWith Force, Juliana, 1876-1948. person
associatedWith Kent, Norman, 1903-1972. person
associatedWith Milch Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith New Britain Museum of American Art. corporateBody
associatedWith Peter A. Juley & Son. corporateBody
associatedWith Vezin, Charles, 1858-1942. person
associatedWith Wengenroth, Stow, 1906- person
associatedWith Wickey, Harry Archives. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Subject
Art, American
Landscape painters
Painters
Art and war
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Painters--New York (State)--New York
Landscape painting
Occupation
Function

Person

Birth 1905

Death 1983

Americans

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6d22f8z

Ark ID: w6d22f8z

SNAC ID: 7674571