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Torero  =1932, Engraving.

Black & Moorehead 71. Edition 30, only 16 known impressions, trial proof. Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed Essai (test) in pencil.

Image size 10 9/16 x 7 5/8 inches (268 x 194 mm); sheet size 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches (394 x 292 mm).

A superb proof impression, with rich burr, on heavy BFK Rives off-white wove paper; full margins (2 1/4 to 6 1/4 inches). A short repaired tear (3/8 inch) in the left center sheet edge, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition. Scarce.

$2400.


Laocoon  =1943, Engraving, soft-ground etching, and scorper

Black & Moorehead 154. Edition 30, 5 artist's proofs. Signed, titled, dated, and numbered13/30 in pencil.

Image size 12 3/16 x 21 11/16 inches (310 x 551 mm); sheet size 15 x 25 1/4 inches (381 x 641 mm).

A superb, richly textured impression, on Cranach heavy cream wove paper with full margins (1 to 1 3/4 inches). Barely visible toning in the outside margins, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition. Scarce.

Published by Marian Williard Gallery, New York. Plate in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Exhibited and reproduced: American Identities: Twentieth-Century Prints fron the Nancy Gray Sherrill, Class of 1954, Collection; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College; 2004.

According to Roman legend, Laocoön was the Trojan priest who warned his countrymen against accepting the Trojan Horse from the Greeks. His warning unheeded, Laocoön threw his spear at the Horse in anger. Minerva, Goddess of warriors, who was supporting the Greeks, immediately sent sea-serpents to strangle Laocoön and his two sons in retribution. His death is symbolic of the fall of the city as a whole. The legend is also the subject of Michangelo’s famous sculpture of the same name.

Collections: British Council Collection; British Museum; Davis Museum, Wellesley College; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Museum of Modern Art; University of Virginia Art Museum.

SOLD


Greeting Card for 1945-6 =1945, Engraving, and soft-ground etching.

Black & Moorehead 167. Edition c. 100.

Signed, dated 45 and annotated for Letterio Calapai all the best for 46 in pencil.

Image size 4 3/8 x 3 1/16 inches (111 x 78 mm); sheet size 6 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches (168 x 124 mm).

A superb, richly-inked impression with skillfully controlled plate tone on pale buff heavy wove paper, in good condition.

$800.

Greeting Card, Abstract, Atelier 17

Greeting Card for 1947-8 =1947, Engraving, and scorper.

Black & Moorehead 184. Edition c. 100.

Signed, dated 47 and annotated for Delia & Leo all the best, Bill (back) in pencil. The complete four-sided greeting card with centerfold.

Image size 4 1/8 x 3 inches (105 x 76 mm); front cover size 6 1/2 x 5 inches (165 x 127 mm).

A superb, richly-inked impression with skillfully controlled plate tone on pale buff heavy wove paper, in good condition.

$800.

Greeting Card, Abstract, Atelier 17

Greeting Card for 1948-9 =1948, Engraving, soft-ground etching, and scorper.

Black & Moorehead 189. Edition c. 100, first and third (final) state impressions.

First state impression signed and annotated 1st State and for Leo, in pencil. Scarce.

Image size 3 7/8 x 3 9/16 inches (98 x 90 mm); sheet size, 1st state, 7 3/8 x 5 5/16 inches (187 x 135 mm).

A fine, richly-inked impression with plate tone on cream wove paper, in good condition.

Third state (final) impression, signed and dated 48 in pencil.

Image size 3 7/8 x 3 9/16 inches (98 x 90 mm); sheet size 7 x 5 11/16 inches (178 x 144 mm).

A fine, richly-inked impression with plate tone on cream wove paper; slight skinning in the top left margin, verso, otherwise in excellent condition.

$1600.

Greeting Card, Abstract, Atelier 17

Danse du Soleil (Danseuse du Soleil, Sun Dance, Sun Dancer)  =1951, Color engraving, soft-ground etching, and scorper.

Black & Moorehead 197. Edition 200, 1 of 12 artist's proofs. Signed and inscribed Epreuve d'Artiste II/XII and Pour Nesto Gacometti avec amitié in pencil.

Image size 15 7/16 x 9 7/16 inches (392 x 240 mm); sheet size 22 1/4 x 15 inches (565 x 381 mm).

A superb impression, with fresh colors, on handmade Arches cream wove paper; full margins (2 3/4 to 4 inches), in excellent condition.

Printed by Hayter and Atelier 17. Published by La Guilde Internationale de la Gravure, Geneva.

Collections: British Museum, Yale University Art Gallery.

$3500.


Feu Sous l'Eau (Fire Under Water) =1955, Engraving, soft-ground etching, and scorper, with yellow silkscreen onto the plate.

B&M 221. Edition 50, plus 10 artist proofs. Signed, titled Fire Under Water, dated and annotated Essai in pencil. Dedicated in the artist’s hand for Adja and Dove WH Bill 17–5–55 in the top margin.

Image size 10 3/16 x 7 inches (259 x 178 mm); sheet size 18 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches (460 x 318 mm).

A superb, richly-inked impression with fresh colors, on heavy cream wove paper, with wide margins (2 1/2 to 3 7/8 inches), in excellent condition.

One of 10 artist proofs. Published by La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine, Paris.

In 1950 Hayter returned to Paris and reopened Atelier 17. Works such as 'Fire Under Water' reveal newfound influences, such as that of the Ardèche, an area of southern France where he acquired a house in 1951 and visited frequently. Hayter took great interest in the flowing Escoutay River, an experience that parallels the artist and co-director of Atelier 17 Krishna Reddy’s interest in depicting water. While some forms in this print evoke the natural world, the palette of contrasting tones of purple, yellow, black, and white reflects Hayter’s belief in using color intuitively to express emotions and evoke feelings. The sharp white relief lines from the paper and the textural effects realized through soft-ground etching operate in tandem with the sweeping curves and bold colors to give the composition a sense of vitality and dynamism. —edited from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Collection: British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art.

$2200.


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