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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Emile-Alfred Dezaunay: Mass in Brittany Sold

DEZAUNAY, Emile-Alfred

Mass in Brittany

Etching, circa 1900.

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"La Messe en Bretagne" (descriptive French title) Aquatint, etching, roulette & drypoint printed in color on Arches laid paper, circa 1900. Re...

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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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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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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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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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