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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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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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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