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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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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Beatrice LEVY: Yellow Field Sold

LEVY, Beatrice

Yellow Field

Aquatint, 1914.

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Color aquatint. A proof impression, before the edition of 35. 4 x 5 inches. Signed in pencil.

Wilhelm Landsmann: Going Home Sold

LANDSMANN, Wilhelm

Going Home

Hand Colored, circa 1930.

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Etching and aquatint, printed in colors. Edition of probably 100.Signed and titled in pencil.7 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches.

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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Inga Britta Mills: Study II Sold

MILLS, Inga Britta

Study II

Etching, 1989.

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Inga-Britta Mills, Amer., (1925-2018), Study II, Color Etching and Aquatint, 1989, Ed. 5 of 8 plus a few AP's, 11-15/16 x 15-7/8, signed, titled, d...

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Beatrice LEVY: SONG OF SUMMER Sold

LEVY, Beatrice

SONG OF SUMMER

Etching, 1914.

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Levy, Beatrice. SONG OF SUMMER. Etching with aquatint, 1914. Artist's Proof aside from an edition of unknown size, likely 25 or fewer. Unsigned. I...

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