|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1915|
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 2001|
Gabor Peterdi,a printmaker and painter, was the son of the leading Hungarian poets of their time, the late Andor Peterdi and Zeseni Varnai. He learned to paint by observation and not formal training. At age 15 he won the Prix de Rome which gave him a year of study in the Italian capital.(He would win another Prix de Rome in 1977). After a year in Italy, He move to Paris where he trained with Stanley William Hayter who taught him how to engrave at his "Studio 17". He came to New York City in 1939 and after serving in the United States Army infantry on the front lines in Europe during World War II, he returned to a position at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art. He later taught at Hunter College (1952-1960) and was a professor at the Yale School of Art (1960-1987). Among his many awards were the Louise Nevelson Award of the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters (1991), Guggenheim Fellowship (1964-1965), the Pennel Medal (1961), Ford Foundation Award (1960), Sesnan Gold Medal for Oils (1958), and the Paris World's Fair Gold Medal (1937). He was elected a member of the National Academy of Design (1979) and the Florentine Academy of Design (1963). He had 200 one-man exhibitions in this country and abroad and 25 retrospectives. His work can be found in the permanent collections of over 200 museums around the world. The Encyclopdia Britannica selected him to write the 22 page essay on printmaking in it's 15th edition published in 1975 and it's been in all subsequent printings to date. He also wrote "Printmaking:Methods Old and New", a standard text in the field. He died in the Richard J. Rosenthal Hospice Residence of Stamford, Connecticut from complications of a rare neurological disease related to Parkinson's.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: At his request, Peterdi's ashes were scattered at sea (Long Island Sound). Near his studio in Rowayton CT, there is a US Army Veteran's memorial plaque.
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