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Painterly Prints

It may be hard to fathom today, but once upon a time prints were monochromatic. When the first generation of Western printmakers challenged themselves to create etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts in color, their efforts were at first viewed with disdain by many. Japanese woodcuts, which had been printed in color for hundreds of years by then, showed artists the way. This revolution was particularly hard-fought for intaglio: etching, aquatint, drypoint, and assorted copper-plate techniques. Etching was regarded mostly as a “graphic” art, from the ancient Greek, γράφειν: to write. The expectation was that the graphic artist was to render his vision in line or grayscale only. Color was for painting. Yet many printmakers forged ahead, threw caution to the wind, pushed the envelope. This selection is an ode to those works of art: painterly etchings.

David Smith-Harrison - Royal Palm with Turkish Design - etching
$900

Royal Palm with Turkish Design

SMITH-HARRISON, David

Etching and aquatint printed in color on wove paper.Edition of 135.Signed, titled and numbered in pencil.

George Jo Mess - Handy Pump - intaglio
$225

Handy Pump

MESS, George Jo

Color etching and aquatint on simili-Japan paper. Edition unknown, but likely small. Signed and titled in pencil. 

Kathleen Spagnolo - Cinema - color intaglio - color viscosity - detail
$600

Cinema

SPAGNOLO, Kathleen M

Color aquatint and etching on Arches wove paper.Artists proof.  Edition unknown, but likely small, if any was printed at all.  We have never seen a...

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Allan Osterlind - Le Bapteme a Treboul - Baptism - Brittany Bretagne - tradition - color aquatint - detail
$750

The Baptism in Treboul

OSTERLIND, Allan

Le Baptême à Tréboul (original French title)  Color aquatint and etching on Arches wove paper.Edition unknown, but like most of the artist’s work s...

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Kaiko Moti - Aiglon - Eaglet - eagle chick - aigle - color viscosity - atelier 17 - simultaneous color printing - detail
$475

The Eaglet

MOTI, Kaiko

L’Aiglon (original French title) Simultaneous color printing aquatint on Arches wove paper, n.d.Edition of 120.Signed and numbered in pencil.

Gerhart Bergmann - Zum Traumen - clematis - vine trumpet flower - sewing cigarettes - detail
$300

To Dream

BERGMANN, Gerhart

Zum Träumen (original German title) Color aquatint and etching on wove paper.Edition of 50.Signed, titled and numbered in pencil.

Gerhart Bergmann - Sudliches - Meridional - From the South - lemon olive branch - detail
$300

Southern

BERGMANN, Gerhart

Südliches (original German title) Color aquatint and etching on wove paper.Edition of 50.Signed, titled and numbered in pencil.  

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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Arun Bose - No VII - color intaglio - abstract - detail
$600

No. VII

BOSE, Arun

Arun BOSE (Born 1934) Color intaglio (aquatint & etching) viscosity print on wove paper, 1969.Edition of 100.Signed, titled and numbered in pen...

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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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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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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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Gil Cowley - Gilbert Henry Cowley - Behind the Pines - color intaglio etching aquatint - color viscosity - Stanley William Hayter - Atelier 17  - detail
$350

Behind the Pines

COWLEY, Gil

Gil COWLEY Color intaglio and viscosity print on wove paper, February 1964.Edition of 10.Signed, dated “2/64” and numbered in pencil.

Jean-Francois Raffaelli - Le Remouleur - detail - original color etching
$1,200

The Knive-Grinder

RAFFAELLI, Jean-Francois

Jean-François RAFFAËLLI (1850-1924) Le Remouleur (original French title) Color etching, aquatint and drypoint printed on simili-japon paper.Ref: De...

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At The Bottom
$450

At The Bottom

ROYCE, Richard

Au Fond (original French title) Color intaglio on BFK Rives wove paper, 1967.Edition of 40.Likely published while active in Paris at Atelier 17, wo...

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Kites
$500

Kites

SAUNIER, Hector

Color engraving and aquatint on wove paper.Edition of 50.Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil. TO SEE MORE WORKS OF ART BY CONTEMPORARYARTI...

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Visiting
$750

Visiting

BOUTET DE MONVEL, Bernard

Les Visites (original French title) Color aquatint and etching on wove paper.Ref: Bibliothèque Nationale – Inventaire du Fonds Français 2-6.State p...

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Emile-Jean Sulpis - Dolce Farniente dans la Dune - Women lounging in the meadow - elegant - recreation leisure - Etching and aquatint
$350

Idleness in the Dunes

SULPIS, Emile Jean

Farniente dans les Dunes (descriptive French title) Etching and aquatint printed in gold and yellow,colored with colored pencil and graphite on wov...

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Dusk
$1,400

Dusk

LANGASKENS, Maurice

Crépuscule (original French title) Color aquatint and etching on wove paper.Edition of 100, but scarce.  We have yet to encounter another impressi...

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