- Goetz

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Abstraction

Etching

edition of 50

Image size: 17.5″ x 14.5″

Frame size: 40″ x 28″

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Henri Bernard Goetz (September 29, 1909 – August 12, 1989) was a French American Surrealist painter and engraver. He is known for his artwork, as well as for inventing the carborundum printmaking process. His work is represented in more than 100 galleries worldwide. Henri Goetz was born to American parents of French origin in New York in 1909, and was a surrealist artist and printmaker. After completing school, he studied electrical engineering in Massachusetts whilst simultaneously attending art classes, and studying art history. In 1930 he decided to leave America and travel to Paris, where he attended the Académie Colarossi, and also the Académie Julian and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière to continue his artistic studies. In 1949 Henri Goetz began teaching at the Académie Ranson (without charging for the lessons), and also at the Paris University where he taught printmaking. He also illustrated several books with his etchings. Citing a lack of patience and an inability to be methodical, Goetz invented carborundum printing in the 1960’s; he created many abstract and surrealist prints using this method. Other artists such as Max Papart, Antoni Clave, Antoni Tapies and Joan Miro soon enthusiastically adopted this new and liberating method of printmaking. Henri Goetz died in Nice in 1989.