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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.

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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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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Eugen Kirchner - November - city scene - intaglio Sold
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November

KIRCHNER, Eugen

Aquatint and etching on thick wove paper. Published by “Pan”. This impression without the letters. Likely an impression for a deluxe edition. The ...

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Yannick Ballif - Enez Bihan - Petite Ile - Small Island - Archipel Ebiens Hebiens - Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer - Bretagne - Cotes-d'Armor
$400

Enez Bihan

BALLIF, Yannick

Color aquatint, spitbite (?) and drypoint on wove paper.Printed to the sheet edge, as usual.Edition of 70.Published by Galerie Antarès, Paris, with...

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Yannick Ballif - Luz do Dia - Daylight - embossed print - color aquatint - drypoint - room with a view - window - detail
$400

Daylight

BALLIF, Yannick

Luz Do Dia (original Portugese title) Embossed color aquatint and drypoint on wove paper.Printed to the sheet edge, as usual.Edition of 70.Publishe...

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Henry Ziegler - Night Flight - aquatint burnisher mezzotint effect - early aviation - detail
$300

Night Flight

ZIEGLER, Henry

Aquatint, burnisher and drypoint on wove paper, c. 1925.Artist’s proof, aside from an unknown edition; if one was actually printed, which is doubtf...

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