Portrait of Jean Donovan

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Portrait of Jean Donovan


Pierce, Leona and Frasconi, Antonio Rudolfo




41 1/4 x 30 inches (sheet)
41 1/4 x 30 inches (image)



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Leona Pierce, painter, printmaker, textile artist, and teacher, was born in Santa Barbara, California on January 28, 1921. She moved to New York to study at the Art Students’ League and later enrolled at the New School where she came under the influence of Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Stuart Davis. At the age of thirty when she wed artist Antonio Frasconi, Pierce was already established as an artist and had an exhibition history with her woodcuts and hand printed textiles. The couple settled in Norwalk, Connecticut where she raised her sons Pablo and Miguel. Pierce is probably best known for her color woodcuts of children at play. Her work is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Antonio Frasconi was an Uruguayan - American visual artist, best known for his woodcuts. He was raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, and lived in the United States since 1945.
Antonio Rudolfo Frasconi was born 28 April 1919 on a boat between Argentina & Uruguay and was raised in Montevideo, Uruguay. He had parents of Italian descent. They had moved to South America during World War I. Frasconi's mother managed a restaurant whilst his father was frequently unemployed. Frasconi frequently quotes his mother and her view of his talents. He said that his mother talked of art at the church where she was brought up as if it had been done by God rather than man. She felt that if Frasconi had been born with a gift, he would already be a famous artist rather than working like her each day. His mother worked in the restaurant, cared for Frasconi and his two sisters and still found time to be a seamstress.
By the age of twelve, he was learning a trade at a printers after abandoning a course at Círculo de Bellas Artes. During his teenage years he admired Gustave Doré and Goya, whilst indulging in creating caricatures of political figures.
During the war, an exhibition of impressionism and post-impression was organised by the French in Latin America. Artists such as Van Gogh and Cézanne captured his imagination. However it was the woodcuts of Paul Gauguin that he was attracted to most. Frasconi says he became intrigued by American writers and musicians. He would hear Jazz on the radio and read American authors like Walt Whitman.
Frasconi moved to the United States in 1945 at the end of World War II. He worked as a gardener and as a guard at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. It was at that museum that he had his first dedicated show. His recognition was beginning to grow and within twelve months he had a similar show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Frasconi was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1952.
In 1959 he was a runner-up for the Caldecott Medal from the U.S. children's librarians, which annually honors the illustrator of the best American picture book for children. Thus The House That Jack Built, which he also wrote, is retrospectively termed a Caldecott Honor Book.
In 1962 Frasconi won a Horn Book Fanfare award for The Snow and the Sun - La Nieve y el Sol a book he had created in two languages. He has frequently produced multilingual books. Also in 1962, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1969.
In 1982 Frasconi was the Distinguished Teaching Professor of Visual Arts at the State University of New York at Purchase.
Frasconi's students have included Martha Zelt, Adrian Lee Kellard and Ron Rocco.
Between 1981 and 1986 he created a series of woodcuts under the name "Los desaparecidos" (The Disappeared). This series refers directly to the people who were tortured and killed during the Civic-military dictatorship of Uruguay.




Pastel, charcoal, and graphite on paper

Signature Position

Signed, lower right, in graphite: Pierce/Franconi '83


Pierce, Leona and Frasconi, Antonio Rudolfo, “Portrait of Jean Donovan,” Westport Public Schools Digital Collections, accessed August 18, 2022,

Item Relations

This Item dcterms:creator Item: Antonio Rudolfo Frasconi
This Item dcterms:coverage Item: Leona Pierce
This Item dcterms:relation Item: Staples Art Storage