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)
Peter Black, Désirée Moorhead The Prints of Stanley William Hayter A Complete Catalogue. Moyer Bell Limited, North America, 1992, cat. no. 163, 164.
Artist: Stanley William Hayter (British, London 1901–1988 Paris)Date: 1946Medium: Engraving and soft-ground etching; simultaneous color printing with stencilsAccession: 1980.1117.1On view in:Not on view