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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.

Fumiko Takeda - 武田 史子 - Greenhouse library - 温室の図書館  - intaglio etching aquatint - bell jar books key ivy
$800

Greenhouse Library

TAKEDA, Fumiko

温室の図書館  (original Japanese title)Etching and aquatint on chine-collé. Want to see more work by Fumiko Takeda?Visit our website dedicated to contem...

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吉田正夫 - Masao Yoshida - Abstraction in Brown - title unknown - Paris - Atelier 17 - 1963 - color aquatint - detail
$600

Abstraction in Brown

YOSHIDA, Masao

Color aquatint and soft ground etching on Arches wove paper, 1963.This is likely printed using the Atelier 17 method of simultaneous color printing...

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吉田正夫 - Masao Yoshida - Abstraction in Blue - title unknown - Paris - Atelier 17 - 1963 - color aquatint - detail
$600

Abstraction in Blue

YOSHIDA, Masao

Masao YOSHIDA (Born 1934 or 1935) Color aquatint and soft ground etching on Arches wove paper.This is likely printed using the Atelier 17 method of...

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