Athena

Title

Athena

Creator

Philip Daniel Platt
American, active c. 1940–55

Date

1944

Description

A successful New York eye surgeon, Philip Platt dabbled in printmaking during the 1930s, turning out perfectly competent but somewhat staid etchings of landscapes and figural genre. His approach shifted drastically after he began studying at Atelier 17 in the early 1940s. The prints from this period, featuring partially abstracted figures rendered in an expressively engraved line and frequently referencing ancient Greek characters, leave no doubt that he had been deeply influenced by Hayter’s teaching.

Platt was included among the members of Atelier 17 who participated in the workshop’s exhibition at the Laurel Gallery in the spring of 1949. By that time, however, he had been living for well over a year in Taxco, Mexico, apparently in full retirement from his artistic endeavors.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Transfer from The Pennsylvania State University Libraries Print Collection

Identifier

2009.215

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Format

Engraving and aquatint; plate: 15-1/2 x 13-5/16 in. (39.2 x 33.9 cm), sheet: 19-5/16 x 15-7/8 in. (49.1 x 40.4 cm)