Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) was one of the most influential printmakers and art teachers of the 20th century and was also noted as a painter of abstract and surrealist pictures. He was born in London, son of William Harry Hayter, an artist, and great nephew of Sir George Hayter.  Hayter studied art in his father's studio and at Academie Julian, Paris, where his fellow students included Anthony Gross. In 1927 Hayter founded Atelier 17 in Paris which subsequently became a most influential printmaking school through which some of the world’s finest printmakers passed early in their careers. The school was later transferred to New York but reopened in Paris in 1950, the New York branch being closed in 1955. Hayter’s first one-man show was held in 1928 at the Claridge Gallery. He was a member of the Surrealist Group 1933-40. In 1939 he married Helen Phillips, the American sculptor. His work is repre¬sented in many public collections internationally. He received the Legion d’Honneur in 1951 and lived most of his life in Paris, which is where he died.

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