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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Marie Okada: Toward the Mountain Sold

OKADA, Marie

Toward the Mountain

Collage or Assemblage, 2020.

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OKADA Marie prints with lush colors, adding dense layers of ink to create a thick surface from which shapes emerge. Her poetic titles may hint at h...

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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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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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Stephen Mcmillan: January Snow Sold

MCMILLAN, Stephen

January Snow

Etching, 2007.

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Medium: etching and aquatintEdition of 250Year: 2007Image Size: 18 x 12 inches This print recalls a scene in Bloedel Donovan Park, Lake Whatcom, Be...

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Barbara Shunyi: Sombra III Sold

SHUNYI, Barbara

Sombra III

Aquatint, 2011.

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Medium: aquatint and photopolymer, 2011Image Size: 8 x 11.25 inchesEdition Size: 40Asian abstract pattern with calligraphy. Barbara Shunyi was bor...

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Stephen Mcmillan: Snowfall Sold

MCMILLAN, Stephen

Snowfall

Etching, 2019.

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Medium: etching and aquatint Edition of 200Year: 2019Image Size: 9 x 6 inches

Christian Bozon: En la Majada de Eumeo Sold

BOZON, Christian

En la Majada de Eumeo

Aquatint, 2012.

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Medium: aquatint and drypointYear: 2019Image Size: 13.5 x 14.75 inchesEdition size: 50Bozon's prints are often a balance between abstraction and la...

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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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Terri Zupanc: Untitled (Green Sea) Sold

ZUPANC, Terri

Untitled (Green Sea)

Etching, 1997.

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Four large copper plates, each etched with aquatint, soft-ground and burnishing, are printed in rich tones of greys, blue, yellow, and green to cre...

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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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Stephen Mcmillan: Fencelines Sold

MCMILLAN, Stephen

Fencelines

Etching, 2019.

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Medium: Etching & Aquatint Edition of 250 Year: 2017Image Size: 9 x 12 inches Hills west of the San Jouquin Valley. Etching and aquatint, signe...

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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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