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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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