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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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Atsuko Ishii, There's Melody, Print

Atsuko Ishii

There's Melody, 2021
30 x 24 x 0.5 cm
Print

$120

Grzegorz Lerka, Meet, Print

Grzegorz Lerka

Meet, 2019
38 x 51 cm
Print

$479

Krzysztof Wieczorek, Tenth postcard from a journey, Print

Krzysztof Wieczorek

Tenth postcard from a journey, 2010
12 x 13 cm
Print

$144

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk, My labyrinths, Print

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk

My labyrinths, 2009
16.5 x 24.5 cm
Print

$239

Jaume Plensa, The Stolen Face _ Le visage volé, Print

Jaume Plensa

The Stolen Face _ Le visage volé, 2021
21 x 16 x 1 cm
Print

$3,470

Giuseppe Santomaso, Canti Pisani, Print

Giuseppe Santomaso

Canti Pisani, 1989
45 x 36 cm
Print

$455

Joan Miró, Lithograph III, Print

Joan Miró

Lithograph III, 1972
35.6 x 53.3 cm
Print

$6,000

Our recommendations Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Sin Título, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Sin Título, 2000
77 x 112 cm
Print

$1,597

Alfons Borrell, Espais 3, Print

Alfons Borrell

Espais 3, 1990
56 x 76 cm
Print

$538

Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
78 x 57 x 1 cm
Print

$658

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

$778

Bernar Venet, 1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, Print

Bernar Venet

1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, 1996
50.8 x 49.5 cm
Print

$2,200

Sébastien Mérieau, Octopus, Print

Sébastien Mérieau

Octopus, 2019
33 x 25 cm
Print

$60

Camille Hilaire, L'Epte, Print

Camille Hilaire

L'Epte, 1994
74 x 74 cm
Print

$706

Chanoir, Chas Zoulous, Print

Chanoir

Chas Zoulous, 2019
59.4 x 42 cm
Print

$359

Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
50 x 70 cm
Print

$1,197

Tanc, Sea Scape, Print

Tanc

Sea Scape, 2019
100 x 78 cm
Print

$474

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

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
89 x 60.5 cm
Print

$766

Costa, Abbey road, Print

Costa

Abbey road, 2016
58 x 90 cm
Print

$598

Walasse Ting, Green Nude with Skirt and White Snake, Print

Walasse Ting

Green Nude with Skirt and White Snake, 1964
45.7 x 61 cm
Print

$1,500

Claude Weisbuch, Portrait de B, Print

Claude Weisbuch

Portrait de B, 1986
76 x 56 cm
Print

$838

Françoise Pétrovitch, Le Garçon au Squelette, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Le Garçon au Squelette, 2016
160 x 120 cm
Print

$2,393

Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
89.5 x 60 cm
Print

$503

Charles Lapicque, Le blanc-bec, Print

Charles Lapicque

Le blanc-bec, 1967
38 x 28 cm
Print

$120

Eugène Baboulène, La Maison du pêcheur, Print

Eugène Baboulène

La Maison du pêcheur, 1981
54 x 75 cm
Print

$503

Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
30 x 20 x 1 cm
Print

$598

Anna Gawlikowska, From the Feast of the Moon series, Print

Anna Gawlikowska

From the Feast of the Moon series, 2004
74 x 74 cm
Print

$778

Our recommendations Francis Bacon, Seated figure, Print

Francis Bacon

Seated figure, 1983
101.5 x 71 cm
Print

$27,509

James Coignard, Perturbation en O , Print

James Coignard

Perturbation en O , 2004
80 x 120 cm
Print

$2,393

Antoni Clavé, Papier froisse, Print

Antoni Clavé

Papier froisse, 1979
66 x 50 cm
Print

$1,448

Mimmo Paladino, Sguardo a destra, Print

Mimmo Paladino

Sguardo a destra, 2000
61 x 81.3 cm
Print

$1,500

Joan Hernández Pijuan, Rosa Blanca, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Rosa Blanca, 1987
76 x 56 cm
Print

$2,100

Bernard Louédin, Le Bocage, Print

Bernard Louédin

Le Bocage, 1997
20 x 37 x 0.1 cm
Print

$251

Nathalie Grall, En suspens, Print

Nathalie Grall

En suspens, 2008
50 x 30 cm
Print

$503

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

$867

Berenika Korecka-Sowinska, A Notebook (Cycle-XVII), Print

Berenika Korecka-Sowinska

A Notebook (Cycle-XVII), 2016
49 x 69 cm
Print

$419

Lorenzo Mattotti, Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), Print

Lorenzo Mattotti

Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), 2016
75.5 x 106 cm
Print

$479

Marino Marini, Spartico (Bizarria) - GA 184, Print

Marino Marini

Spartico (Bizarria) - GA 184, 1975
50.8 x 66 cm
Print

$2,500

Atsushi Kaga, Usacchi listening to David Bowie, Print

Atsushi Kaga

Usacchi listening to David Bowie, 2014
29.2 x 25 cm
Print

$1,795

Richard Lindner, NY Men (Fun City), Print

Richard Lindner

NY Men (Fun City), 1971
63.5 x 50.8 cm
Print

$1,500

Louisa Chase, Untitled (Hands), Print

Louisa Chase

Untitled (Hands), 1984
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Print

$550

Krzysztof Skórczewski, Spring's Holiday, Print

Krzysztof Skórczewski

Spring's Holiday, 2008
25 x 34 cm
Print

$778

Jean-Louis Toutain, Sous le réverbère, Print

Jean-Louis Toutain

Sous le réverbère, 2019
56 x 38 cm
Print

$658

Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
105 x 75 x 1 cm
Print

$538

Zdzislaw Wiatr, 14 Przedborska Street, Print

Zdzislaw Wiatr

14 Przedborska Street, 2009
15 x 19 cm
Print

$419

Liliana Porter, Them, him, Print

Liliana Porter

Them, him, 2018
58 x 46.5 cm
Print

$2,154

Rafael Canogar, Sitial, Print

Rafael Canogar

Sitial, 2003
76 x 56 cm
Print

$1,597

Jacek Sroka, Don Kichot, Print

Jacek Sroka

Don Kichot, 2002
24.5 x 32.5 cm
Print

$658

Fernando Bellver, Hans Arp, Print

Fernando Bellver

Hans Arp, 1994
64 x 48 cm
Print

$718

Jean Hélion, Force de la mer I, Print

Jean Hélion

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

$419

Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

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

$718

Franciszek Bunsch, Dark Side of the Moon, Print

Franciszek Bunsch

Dark Side of the Moon, 2002
18 x 14 x 0.5 cm
Print

$467

Claude Lévêque, Golden World, Print

Claude Lévêque

Golden World, 2018
75 x 105 cm
Print

$1,795

Joe Tilson, Eleusis Proscinemi, Print

Joe Tilson

Eleusis Proscinemi, 1980
80 x 57.2 cm
Print

$1,500

Jacek Sowicki, Forget me nots in black, Print

Jacek Sowicki

Forget me nots in black, 1996
60 x 48 cm
Print

$479

Wieslaw Skibinski, A tapestry, Print

Wieslaw Skibinski

A tapestry, 2006
50 x 70 cm
Print

$1,077

Donald Sultan, Pomegranates II, Print

Donald Sultan

Pomegranates II, 1990
119.4 x 88.9 cm
Print

$5,500

Jowita Wallner, Agrotourism, Print

Jowita Wallner

Agrotourism, 2002
70 x 100 cm
Print

$838

Ryszard Gieryszewski, Untitled (A border), Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

Untitled (A border), 1988
50 x 35 x 1 cm
Print

$658

Richard Anuszkiewicz, Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV), Print

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV), 1979
54.6 x 54.6 cm
Print

$2,000

Henri Goetz, Sans titre I, Print

Henri Goetz

Sans titre I, 1980
26 x 19 cm
Print

$299

Pierre-Gérard Langlois, Aube vénitienne, Print

Pierre-Gérard Langlois

Aube vénitienne, 1986
61 x 80 cm
Print

$574

Damien Deroubaix, The Artist, Print

Damien Deroubaix

The Artist, 2017
114 x 77 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,556

Robert Morris, Inmate Work Project: Perpetual Construction and Dismantling of the Labyrinth from In the Realm of the Carceral, Print

Robert Morris

Inmate Work Project: Perpetual Construction and Dismantling of the Labyrinth from In the Realm of the Carceral, 1978
121.9 x 94 cm
Print

$1,500

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