Stanley William Hayter (British, 19011988)
Engraving and soft–ground etching; Sheet: 20 1/8 x 23 3/16 in. (51.1 x 66.4 cm); plate: 14 15/16 x 24 in. (37.9 x 61 cm)
Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1980 (1980.1117.1)
A pioneering and innovative printmaker, Hayter founded Atelier 17, an experimental print workshop, in Paris in 1927. His keen knowledge of intaglio techniques and his devotion to original printmaking attracted countless international artists to the workshop, from Joan Miró to John Graham. Hayter fostered a collaborative environment in which artists could openly discuss their work and share in the development of different printmaking processes. With the outbreak of World War II, Hayter left Paris for New York and started a new workshop, which had a similar impact on American artists and greatly affected the future of printmaking in the United States.
This large color print is a seminal work in Hayter's oeuvre. Unlike traditional color printing, which uses a separate plate for each color, he developed a method for printing several colors from one engraved and etched plate. Hayter believed color should be used intuitively as a means of expressing a particular emotion or feeling.