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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.

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 or Avant la Course (original French title) Color aquatint and etching on laid Arches paper.Edition unknown.  Likely 50 or 6...

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The Beautiful Impression Sold
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The Beautiful Impression

ROBBE, Manuel

La Belle Epreuve (original French title) Printed on wove paper.Reference: Merill-Chase.Edition of 100.

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Father Boyer

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Père Boyer or Vieillard Assis (original French titles) Color aquatint and soft-ground etching on Arches laid paper, c. 1901.Ref: not in Addade.  Af...

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Seated Man or Sailor Smoking Sold
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Seated Man or Sailor Smoking

McCLELLAN POTTER, Louis

Color aquatint & etching printed on Arches laid paper.Reference: Cate & Grivel 143 (ill. page 115).Edition of 50.

Louis Legrand
$975

Little Tease

LEGRAND, Louis

Petite Marcheuse (original French title) Etching, aquatint & drypoint printed on simili-japon wove paper.References: Arwas 361; Exsteens 250.Pl...

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Louis Legrand - Les Amants - lovers - aquatint and etching - violin Sold
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Lovers

LEGRAND, Louis

Les Amants (original French title) Aquatint, etching & drypoint printed on Arches laid paper.References: Arwas 169; BN-IFF 84; Exsteens 150.Fou...

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On the Beach Sold
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On the Beach

DU GARDIER, Raoul

Sur la Plage (original French title) Color aquatint printed on wove Van Gelder paper.Reference: BN-IFF pg. 155.Signed and numbered "43/60" in penci...

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Edgar Chahine - Les Maneges - Merry Go Round - Tabanelli 280 - aquatint etching drypoint
$2,200

The Merry-Go-Round

CHAHINE, Edgar

Les Manèges (original French title) Aquatint, etching and drypoint printed in bistre on laid paper.Reference: Tabanelli 280.Edition of 50.Signed in...

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - Les Anes - state proof - donkey canal town dusk - color aquatint and soft-ground etching Sold
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The Donkeys

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Les Anes (original French title) Color aquatint and soft-ground etching printed on thick wove paper.References: not in Addade, nor in BN-IFF.State ...

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - La Patineuse - female fashion ice skater - color aquatint and soft-ground etching
$1,500

The Skater

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

La Patineuse (original French title) Color aquatint and soft-ground etching printed in color on thick wove paper. References: neither in the BN-IFF...

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - Clair de Lune - moonlight lovers garden - color aquatint and soft-ground etching Sold
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Moonlight

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Clair de Lune (original French title) Color aquatint and soft-ground etching printed in color on wove paper.References: not in Addade, not in BN-IF...

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - L'Heure du Repos - canal town - BN-IFF 5 - Color etching and aquatint Sold
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L'Heure du Repos

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Color etching and aquatint. Refs: DC 366; BN-IFF 5. Monogrammed in the plate. Signed in the lower right platemark in pencil. Annotated "L'heure du ...

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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 - La Cocodette - modern fashion woman - color aquatint and soft-ground etching Sold
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La Cocodette

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Aquatint and soft-ground etching printed on wove paper.Ref: Addade, not in BN-IFF.Edition of 100.Signed, titled and numbered "tiré à 100 - 37 " in ...

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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - Le Chaland - canal barge - Addade 46 - Aquatint and soft-ground etching Sold
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The Barge

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

La Chaland (original French title) Aquatint and soft-ground etching. Also titled "La Peniche". Printed in color on laid paper. Refs: Addade pg. 4...

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