Hildegarde Haas Biography

Hildegarde Haas




Hildegarde Haas, painter and printmaker, was born in Frankfort, Germany on April 19, 1926, and her family moved to the United States in 1937. Her education included summer classes at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center followed by two years at the University of Chicago. She received a scholarship to the Art Students’ League, where she studied under Vaclav Vytlacil and Morris Kantor. She was completely self-taught as a printmaker and explored the woodcut medium with other students at the Art Students’ League and “learned as she went.”

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. She was included in the Young American Printmakers exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1953. The physical demands of carving and hand printing were too great so after seven years she put down her knives and gouges and exchanged them for brushes.

After moving to Northern California in 1951, Haas became affiliated with the San Francisco and Oakland Art Associations and the Arts and Crafts Co-op in Berkeley. She continued to exhibit nationally and she had solo exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Fine and the Kaiser Aluminum Corporation.

Hildegard Haas’ work is represented in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Seattle Museum of Art, Washington; the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts.

Hildegard Haas died in Berkeley, California on 25 October 2002.