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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Warrington Colescott: In Birmingham Jail Sold

COLESCOTT, Warrington

In Birmingham Jail

Intaglio, 1963.

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In Birmingham Jail is a mixed technique color intaglio from 1963 by American artist Warrington Colescott (1921-2018). The plate is a combination o...

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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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xavier Viramontes: Lonesome Cowboy Sold

VIRAMONTES, xavier

Lonesome Cowboy

Etching, 2007.

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Medium: Etching and aquatintEdition of 30Image Size: 12 x 23 inchesPaper Size: 22 x 30 inches Viramontes was the subject of a 1-hour documentary Xa...

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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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