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Greeting Card for 1944–45

Artist:
Stanley William Hayter (British, London 1901–1988 Paris)
Date:
1944
Medium:
Engraving and soft ground etching
Dimensions:
Plate: 4 × 3 in. (10.2 × 7.6 cm) Sheet: 6 1/4 × 4 3/4 in. (15.9 × 12.1 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley William Hayter, 1944
Accession Number:
44.109
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Beginning in 1931, Hayter made numerous year-end holiday cards. These works, which act as a survey of his artistic concerns, practices, and styles, range from black-and-white Surrealist-inspired intaglio compositions to Op art pieces marked by allover compositions and bold contrasts of color. Most were printed in (unnumbered) editions of around one hundred and sent to friends and family, often with inscriptions. While Augy’s Foot, a holiday card and birth announcement made in 1940 commemorates a major life events, most cards are less personal, particularly those made as Hayter moved toward total abstraction.
Signature: on plate, center right: "Hayter '44"; in graphite, lower right: "S W Hayter '44"

Inscription: graphite verso, "All the best for '45 S.W."
Stanley William Hayter (British, London 1901–1988 Paris); Donor: Stanley William Hayter (British, London 1901–1988 Paris)
Black/Moorhead 163
Peter Black, Désirée Moorhead The Prints of Stanley William Hayter A Complete Catalogue. Moyer Bell Limited, North America, 1992, cat. no. 163, 164.



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