Joseph Hecht (1891–1951) was a printmaker and painter who was born and educated in Poland. In 1920 he moved to Paris where he trained in classical engraving techniques. Hecht was a founder of "Atelier 17", and had a profound influence on 20th-century printmakers.
Hecht created more than 400 prints. Nature and animals were his favorite subjects, many of which he drew from the animals at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.