Gemini by Stanley William Hayter

Gemini by Stanley William Hayter

Gemini

Stanley William Hayter

Title

Gemini

 
Artist
Year
1970  
Technique
color engraving, etching, aquatint and soft-ground etching 
Image Size
19 1/8 x 23 1/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
Essai de Couleur (Color Proof), one of 7 variant color proofs. 
Annotations
pencil titled, editioned and dated in lower margin. 
Reference
B/M 343 ii/ii 
Paper
antique-white B.F.K. Rives wove 
State
ii/ii 
Publisher
A.B. Lublin, New York 
Inventory ID
21225 
Price
$1,800.00 
Description

The image for "Gemini" is composed with two parallel lines, sort of "twins", that move in and out, rhythmically through the composition, forward to back with overlapping colors, evoking the sensation of movement.

Done in 1970 Hayter used a plate, covered with a thin plastic sheeting then engraved through the sheet. He then applied aquatint and deep bit the plate. He then covered the plate again and added a soft-ground texture which was etched with an open bite.

Hayter experimented with seven different color states before he finally editioned the work, printing it intaglio with a fluorescent green and added a violet red with a soft roller to the surface. This color proof allows the fluorescent green to sit on the top of the linear composition, creating a much harsher image.

"Gemini" was printed in an edition of 100, plus 20 artist's proofs by Hayter and Hecter Saunier at Atelier 17. The work was the third of four images published by A.B. Lublin in New York in 1970.