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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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