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Feu Sous l'eau

Artist:
Stanley William Hayter (British, London 1901–1988 Paris)
Publisher:
La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine, Paris
Date:
1955
Medium:
Engraving, soft-ground etching and scorper, color
Dimensions:
Plate: 10 1/4 × 7 in. (26 × 17.8 cm) Sheet: 17 1/2 × 12 1/2 in. (44.5 × 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.709.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
In 1950 Hayter returned to Paris and reopened Atelier 17. Works such as Fire under the Water reveal new influences, such as that of the Ardèche, an area of southern France he visited frequently after acquiring a house there in 1951. Hayter took great interest in the flowing Escoutay River, an experience that parallels the artist and co-director of Atelier 17 Krishna Reddy’s interest in the depiction of water. While some forms in this print evoke the natural world, the palette of contrasting tones of purple, yellow, black, and white reflects Hayter’s belief that color should be used intuitively to express an emotion or evoke certain feelings. The sharp white relief lines from the paper and the textural effects realized through soft-ground etching operate in tandem with the sweeping curves and bold colors to give the composition a sense of vitality and dynamism.
Signature: graphite bottom right, "S.W. Hayter 55"

Inscription: numbered in graphite, bottom right: "23/50"
in graphite, bottom left: "Feu sous l'eau"
Black/Moorhead 221
Peter Black, Désirée Moorhead The Prints of Stanley William Hayter A Complete Catalogue. Moyer Bell Limited, North America, 1992, cat. no. 221, 209.



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