Color engraving, softground etching, and screenprint
Image: 22.7 x 18.9 cm (8 15/16 x 7 7/16 in.); Sheet: 40 x 30 cm (15 3/4 x 11 13/16 in.)
Gift of Peter N. Leicht and Derrick B. Strobl in honor of their parents Peter Leicht, Mary E. Leicht and Carole L. Strobl 2020.412
Catalogue raisonné: Black and Moorhead 132
At the time when Stanley William Hayter made this print, screenprint was used relatively rarely for artistic purposes.
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 abstracted layers of color and line and was the first in which the artist used screenprint. This technique rarely appeared alongside etching and engraving, and Hayter used the contrast between the two media to dramatic effect.
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