Stanley William Hayter
Le Chas de l’aiguille 1946

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Le Chas de l’aiguille
Date 1946
Medium Engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 302 x 187 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1972
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Hayter's interest in the combination of chance and spontaneous creativity is conveyed in the titles of these two works: Hunt the Needle and Myth of Creation. An element of controlled design is also evident, particularly in Hunt the Needle where a woman's anatomical features clearly emerge from the tangled lines. The prints demonstrate the technical refinement that made Hayter one of the century's most innovative printmakers. His Paris workshop, Atelier 17, was a focus for Surrealist experimentation, and American artists drew upon his expertise when he established a workshop in New York in the 1940s.

August 2004

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