Oct 15, 2020
Oct 15, 2020

Cruelty of Insects

Cruelty of Insects


Stanley William Hayter

(British, 1901–1988)

Cranach wove paper


Image: 20.1 x 24.9 cm (7 15/16 x 9 13/16 in.); Sheet: 30.5 x 41.2 cm (12 x 16 1/4 in.)

Gift of Peter N. Leicht and Derrick B. Strobl in honor of their parents Peter Leicht, Mary E. Leicht and Carole L. Strobl 2020.411

Catalogue raisonné: Black and Moorhead 146

Edition: 4/30

Impression: 4


Did you know?

At the time when Stanley William Hayter made this print, relatively few artists worked in engraving, finding the technique too laborious.


Stanley William Hayter is recognized within the history of printmaking as among the most innovative and experimental practitioners of intaglio techniques. After moving to New York from Paris in 1939, he developed a style influenced by Surrealism which proliferated at the time among New York School painters. This print features invented biomorphic forms inspired by the movement and uses overlapping and intertwining lines to draw the viewer into invented space.

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