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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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Wave Sold
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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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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. TO SEE M...

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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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Maurice Taquoy - Les Corbeaux - The Ravens - village and empty field - color aquatint soft-ground etching 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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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.

The Wave Sold
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The Wave

JOURDAIN, Francis

La Vague or La Mer (original French titles) Etching and aquatint printed on laid paper.Reference: Cate & Grivel 104 (ill. pg. 122).Edition of 3...

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