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Hildegarde Haas (1926-2002)
American Modernist Rediscovered
A Retrospective

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M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, Inc. is proud to offer this exhibition of the works of Hildegarde Haas. This exhibition is the first retrospective of her color woodcuts. Her oeuvre consists of a total of 57 woodcuts between 1947 and 1953 and one print in 1957. There are also several paintings that relate to her woodcut designs included in this exhibition.

Hildegarde Haas
The Mountain
1950
Hildegarde Haas
Brown Twilight
1948
Hildegarde Haas
Desolation
1948

Hildegarde Haas was born in Frankfurt, Germany in1926. Her parents moved to the United States around 1937 and eventually settled in Dallas, Texas in 1938. Her painting won her prizes in the Dallas Allied Arts Exhibitions of 1943 and 1944 and she exhibited paintings at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in 1945. She continued to show her paintings and prints in many future museum exhibitions where her work won favorable critical acclaim.

Hildegarde Haas
Orange Night
1949
Hildegarde Haas
Pillars of the Canyon
1951
Hildegarde Haas
Fall
1948

Haas attended summer classes at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and studied under the tutelage of Boardman Robinson.

Hildegarde Haas
Town in the Hills
1951
Hildegarde Haas
Autumn Mountain
1953
Hildegarde Haas
Rocky Shore
1950

Haas entered the University of Chicago under the 2 year accelerated graduation schedule where she graduated with honors and received her BA degree. She received a scholarship to study at the Arts Students League in New York in 1946 where she studied under Vaclav Vytlacil and Morris Kantor. Although she was an accomplished painter she became fascinated with the possibilities of the woodcut medium and began to teach herself the intricacies of the color woodcut. She was later quoted, "I am primarily interested in landscape as a theme in order to discover the underlying patterns and hidden order in the world about me".

Hildegarde Haas
Night City
1953
Hildegarde Haas
Plants
1947
Hildegarde Haas
Fog
1950

Haas, along with other established New York graphic artists began to exhibit together. This group included (William) Ross Abrams, Seong Moy, William Rose, Peter Kahn, Rubin Reif, Jim Forsberg, Dorothy Morton, Wold Kahn and Aaron Kurzen. These artists and several others began exhibiting under the group name of "The Printmakers". The Jacques Seligman Gallery of New York featured this group of artists in their Contemporary American Department in several exhibitions.

Hildegarde Haas
Orange River
1950
Hildegarde Haas
Glowing Night
1948
Hildegarde Haas
Rain
1952

One art critic stated Haas's approach to her woodcuts "she employs such natural forms as still life, fish, plants, trees, mountains, etc., simplifies them, rearranges time arbitrarily into a design, using from two to five color blocks to express the mood and enrich the pattern of values".

Hildegarde Haas
Canyon Walls - Night
1953
Hildegarde Haas
Winter
1949
Hildegarde Haas
Canyon Walls - Noon
1953

Haas's woodcuts were exhibited extensively in New York and nationally in the late 1940's and early 1950's. She exhibited "Desolation" at the Northwest Printmakers in the Seattle Art Museum and the Print Club of Philadelphia. This image, produced in 1948, is a 4 color bold woodcut with it's jagged edges giving the impression of isolation as well as the desolate feeling Haas is trying to convey. In 1950 her color woodcut "Fog" was featured at the Brooklyn Museum and the Library of Congress. "Fog" was also awarded the Dallas Print Society Purchase Award at the Dallas Museum of Art. Haas's keen sense of design using the natural forest-like shapes and her choice of color gives a vibrant quality to this landscape. The color woodcut "Lone Tree" of 1948 moved away from the sharp geometric or abstract forms and offers a beautiful serene landscape in soft muted tones. In contrast the 1951 print entitled "Pillars Of The Canyon" gives one an insight into this wilderness of geometric shapes carved out the canyon walls. Haas uses an earth tone palate that enhances the viewer's appreciation of this wondrous environment.

Hildegarde Haas
River Morning
1951
Hildegarde Haas
Frosty Window
1951
Hildegarde Haas
Broken Tree
1948

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