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Stanley William Hayter (English, 1901-1988)

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Hayter is one of the key figures of the Surrealist movement both for his contributions as a printmaker and for his technical wizardry. Founder of Atelier 17, probably the most important print workshop of the middle third of the century, he worked with Chagall, Erenst, Giacometti, Lipchitz, and Miro. His early training as a chemist led him to one of the most important printing innovations of the 20th century, color viscosity printing, which allowed the use of multiple colors of different viscosity oil bases to be printed in the same poass through the press, and facilitating the growth in color etching between and after the World Wars. His prints, drawings, and paintings were explored the abstract side of Surrealism. By the time of his death, he was acknowledged as "by far the finest British printmaker of this century" (Guardian). Hayter's works are to be found in many important collections of modern art including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum (NYC) and the Pompidou in Paris; his works have been shown at major museums and important galleries all over the world.

Bibliography: Works by Hayter: S. W. Hayter, New Ways Of Gravure (London, Oxford University Press, 1947; revised 1966) and About Prints (1962).

General works: Jean Cassou, Kenneth Armitage, SW Hayter, William Scott. March 1959 (Bruxelles: Palais des Beaux-Arts, 1959), Robert Douwma, Stanley William Hayter: Etchings and engravings printed in colours 1957-1987 (London: Robert Douwma Ltd., 1987), Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, S.W. Hayter: Peintures 1940-1975 (Paris: Galerie de Seine, [1976]), The Neptune Gallery, S.W. Hayter. June-July 1975 (Dublin: The Neptune Gallery, 1975), Venezia Biennale 1958. British Pavillion. Sculpture & Drawings: Kenneth Armitage. Paintings & engravings: S.W. Hayter. Paintings: William Scott. Inroduction by Sir Herbert Read. (Venice: XXIX Biennale Venice, 1958),

Prints: Peter Black, Desiree Moorhead & Stanley William Hayter, The Prints of Stanley William Hayter: a complete catalogue (London: Moyer Bell Ltd., 1992), Harold Ernst Gallery, Stanley William Hayter Paintings, drawings, lithographs as exhibited at Musee d'Art Modern de la Ville de Paris. May 1973 (Boston: Harold Ernst Gallery, 1973).
Facile Proie (Black/Moorhead 93). Original engraving, 1938. 107 signed and numbered impressions published in 1938 plus a second edition of 100 signed, numbered, titled, and dated by Hayter published by A.A.A. Printed at Atelier 17, Paris on Barcham Green handmade paper. Image size:128x162mm. Price: $1350.
New Year's Card, 1946 (Black/Moorhead 192). Original engraving, 1946. 75 signed and numbered impressions published in 1946 plus a second edition of 100 signed, numbered, titled, and dated by Hayter published by A.A.A. Printed at Atelier 17, Paris on Barcham Green handmade paper. Image size:117x88mm. Price: $1500.
New Year's Card, 1947 (Black/Moorhead 176). Original etching, roulette, and embossing, 1947. Circa 100 signed and numbered impressions published in 1947 plus a second edition of 100 signed, numbered, titled, and dated by Hayter published by A.A.A. Printed at Atelier 17, Paris on Barcham Green handmade paper. Hayter incorrectly titled and dated this work for the second edition. Image size:197x150mm. Price: $1500.
Le Chas de l'aiguille (Black/Moorhead 172). Original engraving, 1946. 30 signed and numbered impressions published in 1946 plus a second edition of 100 signed, numbered, titled, and dated by Hayter published by A.A.A. Printed at Atelier 17, Paris on Barcham Green handmade paper. Image size:300x188mm. Price: SOLD.
Unfolding (Black/Moorhead 166). Original engraving, 1946. 30 signed and numbered impressions published in 1946 plus a second edition of 100 signed, numbered, titled, and dated by Hayter published by A.A.A. Printed at Atelier 17, Paris on Barcham Green handmade paper. Image size:138x173mm. Price: $1600.
Unfolding (Black/Moorhead 166). Original engraving, 1946. 30 signed and numbered impressions published in 1946 plus a second edition of 100 signed, numbered, titled, and dated by Hayter published by A.A.A. Printed at Atelier 17, Paris on Barcham Green handmade paper. Image size:138x173mm. Price: $1600.

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