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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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Samuel L. Margolies - Lengthening Shadows - snow scene - lithograph
$500

Lengthening Shadows

MARGOLIES, Samuel L.

Aquatint and etching on wove paper. Edition unknown. Signed and titled in pencil. Very fine impression in near perfect condition, aside from the fa...

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - La Charrette - horse drawn carriage - etching aquatint Sold
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La Charrette

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Color etching and aquatint. Signed and numbered "48/100" in pencil.

Bernard Boutet de Monvel - Un Gueux - seated beggar - color aquatint and soft-ground etching Sold
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Un Gueux

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Color aquatint and soft-ground etching on thick wove paper, c. 1899-1901. Refs: not in BN-IFF; not in Addade. Edition of 60. Signed, titled and num...

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Jacques Villon - Gaston Duchamp - La Ferme de la Bendeliere - Belle Epoque color etching
$1,200

The Bendeliere Farm

VILLON, Jacques

La Ferme de la Bendelière (original French title) Etching and aquatint on wove paper.Reference: Ginestet & Pouillon E 138.Edition of 50.Signed ...

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