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Etching Print

Engravings, hollowed out or raised drawings, have existed since prehistoric times. They made it possible to understand the world of that period, which was still so mysterious to mankind. They can be found at high altitude, as tools for analysing the cosmos, and on the land, depicting everyday life. They are an ancestral tradition: engravings are mentioned in the Bible and in poems from the 8th century BC. Although engraving was a technique in and of itself during this time, during Middle Ages it started to be used as a printing technique used for publishing.

Engraving spread across Europe during the Renaissance, when the printing press was invented. It essential in process of sharing ideas and knowledge through books and illustrations. At the time, engraving art also made it possible to guarantee the authenticity of a work of art to avoid counterfeiting. Although Italy was at the heart of the development of painting during the Renaissance, it was in Northern Europe that artists really recognised the importance of engraving in art with Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt, who mainly used the engraving technique for intaglio prints (image is incised into a surface) .

This technique consists of hollowing out a design on a metal plate, often copper. Ink is then added to the hollowed out engraving. This is different from relief printing, in which the engraver has to remove matter to reveal a raised pattern. These engravings were often made using wood, metal and linoleum - more flexible and therefore easier to work (linocut).

For engraving on a metal plate, they used either a tool (the chisel or the dry point), or a sharp edge as for etching, which was easier to master. Other methods of printing include flat engraving or lithography (printing drawings with ink or a grease pencil on limestone), silkscreen printing (printing on a stitched fabric stretched over a frame) and monotypying (printing on paper, painted on a copper plate).

Modern engravings were made using lithography, which was invented by Alois Senefelder, bypassing the difficulty of having to actually cut into and draw on hard metal. Artistic engraving spread across Europe with the work of Thomas Bewick, who depicted animals, Charles Thompson, who created engravings for the world of publishing, and Heliodorus Pisa, François Pannemaker and Hippolyte Lavoignat, who engraved illustrations. Engraving became less popular and widespread after the invention of photography. Other modern artists did, however, continue to produce engravings: the Barbizon school, with Millet and Corot who practised etching, along with the Impressionists, including Manet, Gauguin, Cézanne and Renoir and Modernists such as Picasso and Matisse who worked with linoleum.

Contemporary engraving is practised by artists including Philippe Mohlitz, Mario Avati and Philippe Favier.

Engraving prints available on Artsper are ideal for those looking to buy artwork by some of the greatest artists including Man Ray, René Magritte, Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Combas, Miss Van and Antoni Tapies.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Prints

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Lucien Clergue, Downtown Lion, Print

Lucien Clergue

Downtown Lion, 1967
50.8 x 64.8 cm
Print

$2,000

Marc Chagall, Pierrot avec Parapluie (Man with Umbrella), Print

Marc Chagall

Pierrot avec Parapluie (Man with Umbrella), 1927
35.6 x 29.2 cm
Print

$16,000

David Hockney, The Tower with One Window, Print

David Hockney

The Tower with One Window, 1969
45 x 30 cm
Print

$5,876

Maurice Chot-Plassot, Aragon, Print

Maurice Chot-Plassot

Aragon, 1981
22.5 x 31 cm
Print

$182

Arman, Violons bleus, Print

Arman

Violons bleus, 2000
75.5 x 59 x 0.2 cm
Print

$1,696

Pierre Alechinsky, Cobra, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Cobra, 2000
34 x 27 cm
Print

$485

Pablo Picasso, Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, Print

Pablo Picasso

Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, 1947
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm
Print

$11,510

Our recommendations Egon Schiele, La Mère et l'Enfant / The Mother & the Child (Edith Schiele and nephew / Edith Schiele und Neffe / Edith Schiele et son neveu) - 1915, Print

Egon Schiele

La Mère et l'Enfant / The Mother & the Child (Edith Schiele and nephew / Edith Schiele und Neffe / Edith Schiele et son neveu) - 1915, 2014
76 x 54 cm
Print

$878

Atsuko Ishii, What's real, Print

Atsuko Ishii

What's real, 2019
21 x 15 x 0.5 cm
Print

$36

Antoni Tapies, Untitled - Berlin Suite, Print

Antoni Tapies

Untitled - Berlin Suite, 1974
76 x 56 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,302

Le Corbusier, Untitled, Print

Le Corbusier

Untitled, 1953
57 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Print

$6,664

René Magritte, La Leçon de Musique, Son de Cloche, Print

René Magritte

La Leçon de Musique, Son de Cloche, 1968
27.5 x 22 x 0.1 cm
Print

$6,785

Marino Marini, The Horse, Print

Marino Marini

The Horse, 1950
28.5 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,575

Georges Braque, Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, Print

Georges Braque

Si Je Mourais là-bas: one plate, 1962
73 x 47 x 0.1 cm
Print

$5,089

Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
78 x 57 x 1 cm
Print

$666

Our recommendations Edvard Munch, Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, Print

Edvard Munch

Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, 2017
65 x 49 cm
Print

$788

Valérie Betoulaud, Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$557

Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
76.6 x 55.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$824

Hans Hartung, H-21, Print

Hans Hartung

H-21, 1973
66 x 55 x 1 cm
Print

$1,696

Man Ray, Une Cathédrale, Print

Man Ray

Une Cathédrale, 1968
37.5 x 28 x 0.4 cm
Print

$2,666

Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
90 x 63 cm
Print

$1,175

Our recommendations Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Un monde riant, Print

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
89 x 60.5 cm
Print

$780

Alberto Magnelli, Abstract Composition with Red, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Abstract Composition with Red, 1965
65 x 50.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,090

Tanc, Sea Scape, Print

Tanc

Sea Scape, 2019
100 x 78 cm
Print

$482

Roberto Matta, Motorcycle racing - from the series 'Les Transesports', Print

Roberto Matta

Motorcycle racing - from the series 'Les Transesports', 1977
45 x 58 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,454

Our recommendations Yrjö Edelmann, Detection of blue vibration, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Detection of blue vibration, 2012
57 x 46 cm
Print

$666

Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
50 x 70 cm
Print

$1,212

Francis Bacon, Seated figure, Print

Francis Bacon

Seated figure, 1983
101.5 x 71 cm
Print

$27,855

Yaacov Agam, Message of peace, Print

Yaacov Agam

Message of peace, 1988
101 x 78 cm
Print

$3,029

Henri Goetz, Colorful Space, Print

Henri Goetz

Colorful Space, 1980
50.5 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Print

$460

Giorgio de Chirico, Self Portrait, Print

Giorgio de Chirico

Self Portrait, 1954
69 x 54 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,454

Otto Wols, Untitled, Print

Otto Wols

Untitled, 1956
36 x 24 x 0.3 cm
Print

$1,454

Jackson Pollock, Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), Print

Jackson Pollock

Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), 1951
73.5 x 58.3 x 0.1 cm
Print

$56,945

Charles Lapicque, Le blanc-bec, Print

Charles Lapicque

Le blanc-bec, 1967
38 x 28 cm
Print

$121

Léon Spilliaert, Vertige, l'escalier magique 1908 / Vertigo, Magic Staircase 1908, Print

Léon Spilliaert

Vertige, l'escalier magique 1908 / Vertigo, Magic Staircase 1908, 2018
76 x 58 cm
Print

$878

Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
30 x 20 x 1 cm
Print

$606

Enrico Baj, Il Generale (The General), Print

Enrico Baj

Il Generale (The General), 1970
66 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$788

Jean-Michel Folon, L'Evasion, Print

Jean-Michel Folon

L'Evasion, 1971
46 x 65.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$824

Joan Hernández Pijuan, Rosa Blanca, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Rosa Blanca, 1987
76 x 56 cm
Print

$2,126

Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

September 2015 #1, 2015
25 x 25 x 5 cm
Print

$727

Giulio Turcato, Globe, Print

Giulio Turcato

Globe, 1970
49.5 x 64 x 0.2 cm
Print

$436

Bernard Louédin, Poissons, Print

Bernard Louédin

Poissons, 1999
28 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Print

$139

Giacomo Porzano, Yellow Rose, Print

Giacomo Porzano

Yellow Rose, 1972
68 x 97 x 0.3 cm
Print

$485

Joe Tilson, Avebury, Sirius, Fire, Print

Joe Tilson

Avebury, Sirius, Fire, 1976
50 x 35 x 0.2 cm
Print

$473

Nathalie Grall, En suspens, Print

Nathalie Grall

En suspens, 2008
50 x 30 cm
Print

$509

Bernar Venet, Grib, Print

Bernar Venet

Grib, 2016
28 x 38.5 x 1 cm
Print

$3,635

Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
105 x 75 x 1 cm
Print

$545

Mimmo Paladino, Horse and Knight, Print

Mimmo Paladino

Horse and Knight, 2008
94.5 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,181

Serge Poliakoff, Orange And Bordeaux Composition, Print

Serge Poliakoff

Orange And Bordeaux Composition, 1963
64 x 76 x 0.1 cm
Print

$11,510

James Coignard, La ligne verte, Print

James Coignard

La ligne verte, 2007
76 x 56 cm
Print

$1,333

Louise Nevelson, Graphic Presence, Print

Louise Nevelson

Graphic Presence, 1973
95 x 95 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,423

Vassily Kandinsky, Gravure pour 10, Print

Vassily Kandinsky

Gravure pour 10, 1942
38 x 28 x 0.1 cm
Print

$3,392

Liliana Porter, Them, him, Print

Liliana Porter

Them, him, 2018
58 x 46.5 cm
Print

$2,181

Fernando Bellver, Hans Arp, Print

Fernando Bellver

Hans Arp, 1994
64 x 48 cm
Print

$727

Zoran Mishe, Pleasure I – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure I – Silver edition, 2021
70 x 50 cm
Print

$424

Rafael Canogar, Sitial, Print

Rafael Canogar

Sitial, 2003
76 x 56 cm
Print

$1,617

Lucio Fontana, Untitled, Print

Lucio Fontana

Untitled, 1965
24.6 x 17.8 x 0.1 cm
Print

$8,239

Hans Bellmer, Desarticulation Sur Fond Rayé, Print

Hans Bellmer

Desarticulation Sur Fond Rayé, 1972
58 x 55.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,454

Theodore Stravinsky, Dancer, Print

Theodore Stravinsky

Dancer, 1932
45 x 32 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,939

Piero Pizzi Cannella, Little world map Rome Peking, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Piero Pizzi Cannella

Little world map Rome Peking, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
94.5 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Print

< $ 2,500

Jannis Kounellis, Never Ending Spiral, Print

Jannis Kounellis

Never Ending Spiral, 2008
94.5 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,302

Jean Hélion, Force de la mer I, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer I, 1965
38 x 53 cm
Print

$424

Hans Richter, Artistic Composition, Print

Hans Richter

Artistic Composition, 1973
49.5 x 34.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$424

Roberto Crippa, Plate VI from Suns/Landscapes, Print

Roberto Crippa

Plate VI from Suns/Landscapes, 1972
50 x 37 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,181

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