Terry Haass (1923 – 2016) was an artist known for her sculptures and prints. Born in Český Tĕšín, Czechoslovakia, Haass studied at a girls vocational school in Olomouc. In 1939, to escape rising Nazism, she began her peripatetic education by first moving to France where she studied art history and then, in 1941, by moving to New York where she studied at the Art Students League. In addition to studying, she worked at Atelier 17, the experimental print studio of Stanley William Hayter. In 1951, Haass moved back to Paris where she worked in Roger Lacourière’s famed printmaking workshop.
Haass’ artwork includes graphic works, sculptures, paintings, and costume designs. Recognized for her technical skill in printmaking, Haass made many works using the etching, engraving, and aquatint processes. These prints are often luminously colorful and mostly abstract, but sometimes retain links to representational forms. Over the course of her career, Haass produced a number of books and portfolios which include Nexus (1968), a portfolio of etchings with a poem by Robert Horn, and Inanna (1961), a retelling by Évrard de Rouvre of an ancient Sumerian myth featuring Haass’ engravings. Other noteworthy books by Haass include Fragments d’Afghanistan (2002), featuring lithographs made after the artist’s collages with text by Christian Manuel and Zitate aus Mein Weltbild (1975), containing etchings inspired by the theories of Albert Einstein along with excerpts from his book The World As I See It. In 2011, her book with Michel Ferrand, Germinal (1958), was included in an important Grolier Club exhibition entitled The Best of Both Worlds, Finely Printed Livres d’Artistes 1910 – 2010.
Terry Haass’ work is found in museum collections worldwide, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France among others. In 2006, the Olomouc Museum of Art in the Czech Republic organized a major retrospective of Haass’ work entitled ‘Light – Space – Time.’
Books with Terry Haass available from Boreas Fine Art:
[ Haass, Terry ] Whitman, Walt. Excerpts from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. New York: Associated American Artists. 1966.
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