Meduse, 1958


High Viscosity Etching and Engraving

13.75 x 16.50 in

34.9 x 41.9 cm

Edition of 50

Pencil signed and numbered from the limited edition of only 50.

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13.75 x 16.50 in

34.9 x 41.9 cm

Edition of 50


    About The Work

    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. It was actually created at the legendary Atelier 17, where Hayter made his greatest print innovations. Also what's notable is that only editions 1 through 10 -which includes the present work - were printed in 1958; the rest were done later. And as Hayter collectors know, his early prints are far more desirable and valuable than the later ones. 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....."

    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).
    This work was originally framed. It has been removed from the frame but is held in the original matting, with the original gallery price of $2600 penciled in, along with a label on the verso of the matting describing the work. The image itself is in excellent condition - a bright, bold impression. There is minor toning overall (called mat burn) around the area where it is matted, and the outer white margins, which are covered now by the matting, are unevenly cut -- which will of course all frame out

    Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

    About Stanley William Hayter

    • Published by: Atelier 17

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