Town in the Hills by Hildegarde Haas

Town in the Hills by Hildegarde Haas

Town in the Hills

Hildegarde Haas

Title

Town in the Hills

 
Artist
Year
1951  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
13 x 20" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
6 of 14  
Annotations
pencil titled, lower left and dated, lower right. 
Reference
 
Paper
laid antique-white Japanese hosho 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
11267 
Price
$900.00 
Description

Hildegarde Haas had a condition called "synesthesia" (sometimes called "visual thinking") which allowed her to visualize music she heard into colors and shapes and she would work while listening to music. Most of her work relates to the immediate colors and rhythm she responded to while working on the composition.

Haas was a member of The Printmakers, an established group of New York graphic artists whose ranks included Ross Abrams, Seong Moy, William Rose, Peter Kahn, Ruben Reif, Jim Forsberg, Wolf Kahn, Dorothy Morton, and Aaron Kurzen.

Haas used a cubist approach to create this large color woodcut from 4 blocks, done in 1951. Her woodcuts which lean toward rhythmic and calligraphic abstraction were included in the exhibition "Young American Printmakers" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1953.