Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988)
Combat (Alternative Title: Battle)
Colour Etching (69/220)
Signed 'SW Hayter 53'
Printed by the artist and Atelier 17
Published by La Guilde Internationale de la Gravure, Geneva
11.5 x 8 ins / 30 x 20 cms
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Stanley William Hayter was born in Hackney, London on 27th December 1901. He was a British painter and printmaker associated in the 1930s with Surrealism and, from 1940, with Abstract Expressionism. Regarded as one of the most significant printmakers of the 20th century, Hayter founded the legendary Atelier 17 studio in Paris in 1927.
Having seen camouflage in practice during the Spaish Civil War, Hayter (alongside Roland Penrose and Julian Trevelyan) founded the Industrial Camouflage Research Unit - a commercial operation that would create camouflage designs for disguising allied guns and other military equipment - at the outbreak of World War II.
The unit closed in 1940 and Hayter moved his Atelier 17 to New York City and taught printmaking at The New School for Social Research. Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko made prints at Hayters New York Atelier 17. Hayter returned to Paris, with Atelier 17, in 1950.
Stanley Wiliam Hayter died on 4th May 1988, aged 86.