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Stanley S.W. Hayter Etching, Meduse, 1958

Stanley William Hayter


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Stanley WIlliam (Bill) Hayter
Meduse, 1958
High Viscosity Etching & Engraving
Edition 10/50
Pencil signed, titled and numbered from the edition of 50 (10/50), recto.
This work is elegantly matted and framed in a hand made white wood museum frame with UV plexiglass.
21.5 inches vertical by 24 inches horizontal by 1.5 inches
12.75 inches vertical by 15.5 inches horizontal
Published by: Atelier 17. Pencil signed and numbered from the limited edition of only 50. This is an extremely rare, poignant, early color etching by influential S.W. Hayter, legendary for his technical innovations in printmaking. Among the artists Hayter was credited with influencing were Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. This work is numbered 10 from the very small edition of only 50. In the foreword to the catalogue that accompanied a Hayter print retrospective at La Tortue Gallery, featuring this work, Bryan Robertson, former director of London's Whitechapel Gallery wrote: "Hayter, working always with maximum flexibility in painting, drawing, engraving and collage, has invented some of the most central and significant images of this century before most of the other artists of his generation. He is an originator, and it is a sign of this artist's vitality and youthfulness that he has never bothered to put on the mantle of elder statesman which he has an indisputable right to wear....."
More about the present piece: a poignant, scarce work from the height of Abstract Expressionism. The Medusa Galaxy was discovered around 1955 and it is probable that Hayter named the print after this, with its mythic and cosmic implications. This pencil signed color engraving is numbered from a small edition of only 50. There are very few left of these in the world, since many are in major museums already. It is signed numbered and titled on the bottom.
During WWII, as a member of the avant-garde living in exile in New York, Hayter's style moved toward Abstract Expressionism and he would famously influence Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and many other American artists. This period coincided with his perfection of a revolutionary technique for multicolor printing on a single plate.
The high viscosity engraving offered here today is featured in Catalogue Raisonne Black/Moorhead 392. The Prints of Stanley William Hayter (Hardcover) by Peter Black (Author), Desiree Moorhead (Author).


Pencil signed, titled and numbered from the edition of 50 (10/50), recto. 

Literature: Catalogue Raisonne Black/Moorhead 392.  The Prints of Stanley William Hayter (Hardcover) by Peter Black (Author), Desiree Moorhead (Author).


Height:   13.75
Width:   16.50