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Greeting Card for 1949–50

Artist:
Stanley William Hayter (British, London 1901–1988 Paris)
Date:
1949
Medium:
Engraving and soft-ground etching, color
Dimensions:
Plate: 4 1/2 × 3 1/2 in. (11.4 × 8.9 cm) Sheet: 6 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (16.5 × 11.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of A. Hyatt Mayor, 1950
Accession Number:
50.625
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: In ink at lower right: "Hayter, '50"

Inscription: In ink on verso: "For Hyatt Mayor / All the best for '51 / Bill / 36 Rue Boissonade Paris 14e"
A. Hyatt Mayor (American, 1901–1980); Donor: A. Hyatt Mayor (American, 1901–1980)
Black/Moorhead 192
Peter Black, Désirée Moorhead The Prints of Stanley William Hayter A Complete Catalogue. Moyer Bell Limited, North America, 1992, cat. no. 192, 186.



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