Terry Haass Biography

Terry Haass




Tereza (Terry) Haass, printmaker, painter, and sculptor, was born in Cesky Tesin, Czechoslovakia on November 17, 1923. She fled her native country and Nazism in the late 1930s, relocating to France. In Paris, she studied art and art history until she was once again displaced by war. In 1941, she moved to New York and received a scholarship to the Art Students’ League where she studied with Will Barnet. Haass began working at Stanley William Hayter’s experimental workshop, Atelier 17, in 1946 and she co-directed the workshop with artist Harry Hoehn in the spring and summer of 1951 when Hayter returned to Paris. During this time she taught also graphics at Brooklyn College and New York City College.

In 1951, Haass received a Wooley scholarship to study printmaking and a Fulbright Travel Grant that allowed her to visit Norway. She eventually settled in Paris where she worked at Atelier Lacourière & Frélaut. Ever inquisitive, she studied Mesopotamian archeology at the school of the Louvre and over many years she participated in archaeological digs in the Middle East. In the 1960s, her work was greatly influenced by Einstein’s theories of time and space and she incorporated these ideas into her sculpture.

Her work is represented in countless public collections including the Guggenheim Museum, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum, the Carnegie Institute, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bibliothéque nationale de France, and the Israel National Museum.

There is a large collection of her works in the permanent collection of the Olomouc Museum of Art in Olomouc, Czech Rekpublic. In 2006 the museum organized an extensive retrospective by Haass titled "Light - Space - Time." The exhibition offered a profile of her work from the 1940s to the present. She exhibited her graphic works, paintings, sculptures and costume designs.

Terry Haass died in Paris on March 1, 2016.