Aquatint

While printmakers have always wanted to present some shading or grayscale in their work, until the discovery of aquatint in the 17th century, doing so was technically very challenging.  And with a few notable exceptions, such as in the etchings of Francisco Goya, aquatint, this most painterly of intaglio techniques, remained unpracticed by most printmakers.  Aquatint started to gain popularity in the latter part of the 19th century, likely as etching was being rediscovered by Impressionists.  These artists were often eager to replicate in their prints the atmospheric qualities found in their paintings.  Aquatint, with its granular texture, lends itself to effects that offer an endless range of shading, both in black and white and in color.  Enjoy this collection of aquatints.

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Gene Kloss: Sundown Sold

KLOSS, Gene

Sundown

Etching, 1967.

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Aquatint, etching and drypoint on Arches wove paper.Reference: Sanchez 517.Edition of 50.Compared to another version of this print, titled “Riders ...

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Helene Bautista: The Waiting Room Sold

BAUTISTA, Helene

The Waiting Room

Drypoint, 2016.

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Salle des Pas Perdus (original French title)Room of Lost Steps (literal English translation) Drypoint and aquatint printed in bluish-black ink on...

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Francois Aubertin: Le coup de vent Sold

AUBERTIN, Francois

Le coup de vent

Etching, n.d..

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François Aubertin (1773 - 1821) d'après Jean Baptiste ISABEY (1767 - 1855) [The gust of wind] Impression on wove paper, printed by Bassand, Paris a...

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Alphonse Legros: Le Poète - The Poet Sold

LEGROS, Alphonse

Le Poète - The Poet

Aquatint, 1879.

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Le Poète – The Poet aquatint on wove paper; 298 x 226 mm (11 11/16 x 8 7/8 inches) signed in pencil at lower right IFF 147; Bliss 225 first state ...

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John Wilson: Head Study Sold

WILSON, John

Head Study

Etching, 2002.

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MORE IMPRESSIONS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. CONTACT US. This etching, aquatint and drypoint with chine collé was done as a 'warm up' print prior to the a...

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Eugene Delacroix: Un Forgeron Sold

DELACROIX, Eugene

Un Forgeron

Aquatint, 1833.

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Eugène Delacroix (France) 1798-1863 "Un Forgeron" (Blacksmith). Aquatint, 1833. Delteil 19, iv/VI. Ref: Beraldi, p.157, iii/III.; "Prints & Peo...

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Fumiko Takeda: Water Balloon Sold

TAKEDA, Fumiko

Water Balloon

Hand Colored, 2019.

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ガラスの花火 (original Japanese title) Aquatint and etching with hand coloring printed on chine collé. Edition of 30. Signed, dated, numbered, and titled...

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