Monday, June 13, 2005
Stanley William Hayter
More than any other artist, Stanley William Hayter, brought printmaking into the 20th century. His use of innovative techniques and new materials took printmaking from its traditional function of reproduction and illustration into the realm of fine art.
Many famous artists including Pollock, Max Ernst, de Kooning, and Rothko, came through his studios in Paris and New York. His students included Lasansky and Shahn. It was he who printed Picasso’s illustrations for Buffon. An artist's artist, he was more interested in creating art than in self-promotion. As a result, he exhibited little of his own work.