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After receiving a Guggenheim fellowship to travel to the United States in 1943, Buenos Aires-born Mauricio Lasansky spent eight months working at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in New York City. In this essay, Creighton Gilbert examines how this contact with Hayter influenced Lasansky’s style and stimulated his creativity and technical experimentation with intaglio. He further analyzes Lasansky’s work in the context of sources of inspiration including [Pablo] Picasso, [Georges] Rouault, [Amedeo] Modigliani, [Chaim] Soutine, and the printer [Stanley William] Hayter. Creighton Gilbert also argues that Lasansky needed to develop a personal, and hence original, style and expression. Furthermore, he speculates about the eclecticism present in Lasansky’s artwork at that moment, while also recognizing the artist’s great talent.
This text by Creighton Gilbert, an art historian who taught at the University of Louisville in Kentucky from 1948 to 1956, appeared in the Louisville-based journal In Perspective: A Quarterly of Literature and the Arts in the spring of 1948. In it, he considers the Argentinean-born artist Mauricio Lasansky’s development while working at Stanley William Hayter’s printmaking workshop, Atelier 17, in New York. Considered one of the foremost figures in twentieth-century printmaking in the United States, Lasansky moved to the United States after receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1943. He worked at Atelier 17 and in 1945 began teaching at the University of Iowa, where he established a printmaking program. He was a member of the Iowa Print Group, and trained generations of printmakers.