Gabor Peterdi, Dunes and Dark Sea, 1983. Oil on canvas, 50 x 80 inch.
Gabor F. Peterdi (1915 - 2001).
Born in Budapest, the child of poets, Mr. Peterdi won a Prix de Rome to study painting at age 15. After a year in Italy, he studied engraving in Paris with the American-born printmaker William Stanley Hayter. In 1939 he immigrated to New York, then served in the Army in Europe during World War II. After the war he worked again with Hayter, who had moved to New York. He went on to teach at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, and later at Hunter College (1952-60) and at the Yale School of Art (1960-87).
Mr. Peterdi was represented for 25 years, beginning in 1950, by the Grace Borgenicht Gallery in Manhattan. His work is in many museum collections internationally. Particularly admired for his prints, he wrote a long essay on printmaking for the 15th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, published in 1975, and a book, ''Printmaking: Methods Old and New,'' still a standard text.