1944 Stanley William Hayter Born: London, England 1901 Died: Paris, France 1988 pen and ink and watercolor on paper sheet: 26 1/4 x 39 3/4 in. (66.7 x 101.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1969.58.2 Not currently on view
In 1940, Hayter moved from Paris to New York, where he re-established his renowned Paris printmaking workshop, Atelier 17. Amagansett refers to the Long Island fishing town where Hayter, his wife, and two young sons spent time at the shore. This drawing suggests a child on the beach and adult figure in the foreground in spite of the highly abstract treatment of line. Hayter practiced the surrealist technique of automatic drawing, or allowing the subconscious to guide one’s hand, but this drawing shows that he often had a specific subject in mind.
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009
paint - watercolor