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Jacques Hnizdovsky collection

 Collection
Call Number: AOB 61

Scope and Contents

This small collection contains primarily examples of the bold graphic style Hnizdovsky adopted toward the end of his career in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of the prints are hand colored; many are signed editions.

Dates

  • 1944-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1985

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the artist, 1980, 1981, 1983. Gift of Stephania Hnizdovsky, 1986.

Arrangement

Organized into seven series: I. Bookplates. II. Drawings. III. Proofs. IV. Prints. V. Posters. VI. Woodblocks. VII. Biographical Materials and Small Designs.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/arts.aob.0061

Overview

This small collection contains primarily examples of the bold graphic style Hnizdovsky adopted toward the end of his career in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of the prints are hand colored; many are signed editions.

Biographical / Historical

Jacques Hnizdovsky, a Ukrainian-American woodcut artist, was born in Chortkiv Raion, Ternopil Oblast' (Ukraine),in 1915. He was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland. He made his way to the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, and made his living as a freelance graphic designer. He painted and, in the early 1940s, did some woodcut work. One of his freelance jobs took him to Paris and, ultimately in 1949, to the U.S. Hnizdovsky started out in St. Paul, MN, and then moved to New York City, where he designed book jackets, posters, fabrics, illustrated books, and other jobs that allowed him to continue his painting and woodblock printmaking. He died in 1985.

Processing Information

This material was created before the independence of Ukraine and contains outdated language (i.e., “the Ukraine”). Instances of “the Ukraine” not supplied by the creator of this collection have been updated to reflect current language usage.
Title
Guide to the Jacques Hnizdovsky Collection
Author
Compiled by Alexis Knowlton
Date
2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-18: Finding aid revised to replace outdated descriptive language. See the processing note for more information.

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