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Aquatint: a painterly intaglio technique

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.  Because it was practiced so masterfully by artists of the Modern Era, we here at Armstrong Fine Art are true “suckers” for a finely crafted aquatint.  Here are a few we have, or have had in the past.

Alphonse Lafitte - Manuel Robbe - Clair de Lune- aquatint Sold
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Clair de Lune

LAFITTE, Alphonse

Aquatint on wove MBM paper. Signed in black crayon "Alphonse Lafitte", a well-documented pseudonym for artist Manuel Robbe. Signed in black crayon....

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The Windmill
$750

The Windmill

ROUX-CHAMPION, Victor-Joseph

Le Moulin (descriptive French title) Color aquatint and etching on laid Arches paper.Edition unknown, certainly small, if any.  We have never encou...

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The Start of the Race
$1,400

The Start of the Race

RANFT, Richard

Le Départ de la Course (original French title) Color aquatint and etching on laid Arches paper.Edition unknown.  Likely 50 or 60, which were Ranft'...

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Wave
$400

Wave

BALLIF, Yannick

Vague (original French title) Embossed color aquatint, spitbite and drypoint on wove paper.Printed to the sheet edge, as usual.Edition of 70.Signed...

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Cachoum
$600

Cachoum

DORNY, Bertrand

Embossed color aquatint with a touch of drypoint printed on Arches wove paper. Edition of 25 or 4 artist's proofs (hard to decipher). Regulard edit...

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The Estacade Sold
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The Estacade

BEJOT, Eugene

L’Estacade (original French title) Etching and aquatint printed in four colors on japon paper.Refrence: BN-IFF 174.Edition unknown, scarce.  Findin...

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Shaded River Sold
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Shaded River

MEUNIER, Henri

Rivière Ombragée (descriptive French title)Color aquatint printed on Arches laid paper.Artist's proof, before the edition.Published by Georges Peti...

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Who's Afraid or Red, Yellow and Blue
$275

Who's Afraid or Red, Yellow and Blue

CIESLARCZYK, Adolphe

Color aquatint printed on wove paper. Edition of 40. Published by Jacqueline de Champvallins, Paris. Signed and numbered "35/40" in pencil.

Space Object
$175

Space Object

CIESLARCZYK, Adolphe

Color aquatint printed on wove paper. Edition of 40. Published by Jacqueline de Champvallins, Paris. Signed and numbered "4/40" in pencil.

Shokin Sold
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Shokin

BALLIF, Yannick

Embossed intaglio printed in black and beige on Arches wove paper.Printed to the sheet edge on all sides, as issued.Edition of 70.Signed and number...

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The Eternal Drowning Sold
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The Eternal Drowning

CIESLARCZYK, Adolphe

L’Eternel Naufrage (original French title) Color aquatint on wove paper.Edition of 75.Signed and numbered “9/75” in pencil.

Pindalba
$250

Pindalba

BALLIF, Yannick

Embossed color intaglio on chine-collé Arches wove paper.Edition of 16 artist’s proofs.Signed and numbered “15/16” in pencil.Juxtaposition of vigor...

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The Ravens Sold
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The Ravens

TAQUOY, Maurice

Les Corbeaux (original French title) Aquatint and soft-ground etching printed in color on thick wove paper.State proof, before the edition of 100.B...

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