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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.

Jacques Villon - Le Chef d'Oeuvre - Masterpiece - Mother holding daughter drawing - Belle Epoque - detail
$2,400

The Masterpiece

VILLON, Jacques

Le Chef d’Oeuvre (original French title) Drypoint, aquatint and roulette printed in four colors, à la poupée (yet from two registered plates) on wo...

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Charles Houdard - Charles Louis Marcel Houdard - Les Grenouilles - Frogs - dedicated to Henri Guerard - detail Sold
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Frogs

HOUDARD, Charles

Grenouilles (original French title) Color aquatint on chine paper, 1894.References: Stein and Karshan 36; Boyer and Cate 36.Artist’s proof aside fr...

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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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Stanley William Hayter - Plongeon - engraving aquatint - Atelier 17 - color viscosity print - detail
$1,400

Dive

HAYTER, Stanley William

Stanley William HAYTER (1901-1988) Plongeon (original French title) Aquatint and pure line engraving printed on BFK Rives wove paper.Edition of 50....

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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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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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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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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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Bernard Boutet de Monvel - Les Marcheurs - men in suit bowler hat cane - dandy art - 19th century hipsters - detail
$1,700

The Walkers

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Les Marcheurs (original French title) Color aquatint on thick wove paper.Ref: non in BN-IFF or in Addade.Stated to be an edition of 60, which is ex...

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