Considered one of the most outstanding of
modern printmakers, Terry Haass’ etchings are admired
for their complexity in design and execution. Her use of colour is notably
radiant, yet subtle when necessary, the images largely abstract while
containing a hint of a link with reality, a “spiritual sense of time and
Of Jewish parentage, Terry Haass fled her Nazi-invaded homeland in 1939 and was just
sixteen when she began studying art in Paris.
An Art Student League scholarship in 1941 took her to New York where, from 1947 she worked with
founder Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17, eventually
taking over as director.
Returning to Paris
to study intaglio printing, Haass then travelled to Norway, the
inspiration for her “Cycle Nordique” series printed
in the early ‘50s. Also a student of archaeology, Haass
participated in digs in Mesopotamia, inspiring
other great works, including “Inanna.”
An exhibition, “Homage to Albert Einstein,”
travelled extensively throughout Europe in the
1970s. Terry Haass has been the subject of a huge
retrospective at the Bochum
Museum in germany.
Her work is on permanent display in Creative
Spaces: Fifty Years of Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop at the
International Print Center, New York.