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Stanley William Hayter - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Stanley William Hayter (1901 - 1988)

Descendant of Sir George Hayter, Stanley William Hayter was a printmaker and painter. In 1927, he opened a workshop in Paris for the graphic arts, later named Atelier 17 in 1933. This establishment was integral in the 20th century revival of print as an independent art form. Hayter lived in New York from 1940 to 1950 and moved his workshop with him. He also wrote two major printmaking books, New Ways of Gravure in 1949 and About Prints in 1962. His prints range in style and technique but are most closely associated with Surrealism. Hayter significant place in art history has long been acknowledged but his print work was not recognized until recently. Regarded as one of the most significant printmakers of the 20th century, in 1927 Hayter founded the legendary Atelier 17 studio in Paris. Since his death in 1988, it has been known as Atelier Contrepoint. Hayter acted as advisor to the Museum of Modern Art for the show Britain at War. In connection with the exhibition, he devised an analog computer to duplicate the angle of the sun and shadow lengths for any time, day and latitude. Returning to Paris in 1950, Hayter took Atelier 17 with him. Hayter was a prolific printmaker, completing more than 400 before his death. On Hayter's death in 1988, the studio was renamed Atelier Contrepoint. Hayter continued to develop painting alongside printmaking. His interest in automatism led him to associate with the Surrealists, and in the United States he was an innovator in the Abstract Expressionism movement.

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