Stanley William Hayter Myth of Creation 1940

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Myth of Creation
Date 1940
Medium Engraving, aquatint and etching on copper
Dimensions Image: 251 x 200 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
P07027
Not on display

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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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