Benevolent Angel


Artist
Leonard Baskin (American, 1922 – 2000)
Date
Mid-late 20th century
Medium
Etching
Dimensions
Plate : 17 3/4 x 17 1/2 in. (45.08 x 44.45 cm)
Sheet : 21 1/4 x 22 in. (53.98 x 55.88 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
1968.2.2

Label
On Leonard Baskin’s Etching Benevolent Angel

I, too, have felt the fire of my being burn
Till all my flesh and my mind, too, seemed ash,
And I as if I were not. There, at the turn
Of what is not and what is, forms flash
Out of and into being. So, from black
Seemingly shapes itself your angel’s white—

Arm, cheek, and plumage—while, equal in power
Black eye and wing emerge ready for flight.
For both the existential ground is bright.  

-Helen Pinkerton (American, b. 1927)

Object Type
Print
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