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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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Robert Combas, Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, Print

Robert Combas

Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, 2021
70 x 50 cm
Print

$2,720

Leo Guida, Siamo noi, Print

Leo Guida

Siamo noi, 1993
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$495

Hsiao Chin, Abstract Composition, Print

Hsiao Chin

Abstract Composition, 1977
50 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Print

$470

Mark Tobey, Summer Joy, Print

Mark Tobey

Summer Joy, 1972
76.6 x 55.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$841

Sandra Chevrier, La Cage Et La Trace Du Crayon (Large), Print

Sandra Chevrier

La Cage Et La Trace Du Crayon (Large), 2019
73.5 x 60 cm
Print

$2,850

Atsuko Ishii, Like You Do, Print

Atsuko Ishii

Like You Do, 2020
21 x 15 cm
Print

$37

Philippe Achermann, Amour, Print

Philippe Achermann

Amour, 2020
20 x 30 cm
Print

$62

Damien Hirst, Isostearic Acid, Print

Damien Hirst

Isostearic Acid, 2014
15.6 x 15.6 cm
Print

$6,059

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

Roberto Matta, Untitled 5 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio, Print

Roberto Matta

Untitled 5 from Hom'mere V - N'ous Portfolio, 1985
67.3 x 52.1 cm
Print

$2,500

Gérard Titus-Carmel, Eclat I, Print

Gérard Titus-Carmel

Eclat I, 1982
46 x 56.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$495

Ryszard Gieryszewski, April, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

April, 2012
62 x 44 x 1 cm
Print

$804

Enrico Baj, Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus Heliogabalus, Print

Enrico Baj

Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus Heliogabalus, 1972
49.5 x 40 cm
Print

$2,500

Mimmo Paladino, Poeta Occidentale - Triptych No. 2, Print

Mimmo Paladino

Poeta Occidentale - Triptych No. 2, 1995
200.7 x 123.2 cm
Print

$25,000

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

Pierre Alechinsky, Si près, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Si près, 2007
19.5 x 13.4 cm
Print

$371

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

$6,925

Antoni Tapies, Untitled - Berlin Suite, Print

Antoni Tapies

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

$2,349

Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
126 x 88 cm
Print

$1,175

Francis Bacon, Triptych 1987, Print

Francis Bacon

Triptych 1987, 1989
94.5 x 68 x 0.1 cm
Print

$19,167

Valérie Betoulaud, Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

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

$569

Le Corbusier, Untitled, Print

Le Corbusier

Untitled, 1953
57 x 45 x 0.1 cm
Print

$6,801

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

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
89 x 60.5 cm
Print

$792

Jean-Michel Folon, Dream, Print

Jean-Michel Folon

Dream, 1970
28 x 35.5 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,720

Marc Chagall, Le cerf se voyant dans l'eau, Print

Marc Chagall

Le cerf se voyant dans l'eau, 1927
42 x 33.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$4,452

Zao Wou-Ki, Sans titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre, 1987
56 x 76 x 0.1 cm
Print

$5,812

Tanc, Sea Scape, Print

Tanc

Sea Scape, 2019
100 x 78 cm
Print

$490

Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
50 x 70 cm
Print

$1,237

Antonio Segui, Le bruit, les  sarcasmes, les sourires / Livre d'artiste / 6 gravures, Print

Antonio Segui

Le bruit, les sarcasmes, les sourires / Livre d'artiste / 6 gravures, 2014
40 x 37.5 cm
Print

$3,091

Our recommendations Hans Hartung, Farandole, Print

Hans Hartung

Farandole, 1971
53 x 41 x 5 cm
Print

$12,366

Marino Marini, The Horse, Print

Marino Marini

The Horse, 1950
28.5 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,608

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

$58,118

Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
90 x 63 cm
Print

$1,199

Françoise Pétrovitch, Le Garçon au Squelette, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Le Garçon au Squelette, 2016
160 x 120 cm
Print

$2,473

Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
89.5 x 60 cm
Print

$495

Giorgio de Chirico, Self Portrait, Print

Giorgio de Chirico

Self Portrait, 1954
69 x 54 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,484

Vassily Kandinsky, Gravure pour 10, Print

Vassily Kandinsky

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

$3,462

Wifredo Lam, Elle, casqué - from the suite Pleni Luna, Print

Wifredo Lam

Elle, casqué - from the suite Pleni Luna, 1974
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Print

$1,051

Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
78 x 57 x 1 cm
Print

$680

Luis Feito, Octubre IV, Print

Luis Feito

Octubre IV, 1989
105 x 75 cm
Print

$1,496

Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
30 x 20 x 1 cm
Print

$618

Serge Poliakoff, Orange And Bordeaux Composition, Print

Serge Poliakoff

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

$11,747

Nathalie Grall, En suspens, Print

Nathalie Grall

En suspens, 2008
50 x 30 cm
Print

$519

Erte Tirtoff, Letter X - Suite Alphabet, Print

Erte Tirtoff

Letter X - Suite Alphabet, 1976
65 x 47 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,720

Our recommendations Joan Hernández Pijuan, Iris blau 1, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Iris blau 1, 1994
38 x 28 cm
Print

$1,113

Mino Maccari, Prisoners, Print

Mino Maccari

Prisoners, 1964
64.5 x 46 x 0.2 cm
Print

$371

Our recommendations G.W. Bot, The Keeper, Print

G.W. Bot

The Keeper, 2006
92 x 52 cm
Print

$2,226

André Masson, Femme, Print

André Masson

Femme, 1962
35 x 42.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,855

Charles Lapicque, Les reclus, Print

Charles Lapicque

Les reclus, 1967
38 x 28 cm
Print

$124

Anita Molinero, Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, Print

Anita Molinero

Le jour où le ciel a pissé des boues rouges, 2018
37.5 x 110 x 2 cm
Print

$3,710

Our recommendations Robert Longo, Black flag, Print

Robert Longo

Black flag, 1999
71 x 111 x 1 cm
Print

$11,129

Pierre Boncompain, Huts, Print

Pierre Boncompain

Huts, 1970
31 x 38.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$247

Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

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

$742

André Cervera, Bacchus Angel, Print

André Cervera

Bacchus Angel, 2019
66 x 50 cm
Print

$309

Odilon Redon, Illustration from the series "Les Fleurs du mal", Print

Odilon Redon

Illustration from the series "Les Fleurs du mal", 1923
32.5 x 25 x 0.2 cm
Print

$1,608

Giacomo Porzano, Yellow Rose, Print

Giacomo Porzano

Yellow Rose, 1972
68 x 97 x 0.3 cm
Print

$495

Joe Tilson, Avebury, Sirius, Fire, Print

Joe Tilson

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

$482

Lucio Fontana, Untitled, Print

Lucio Fontana

Untitled, 1965
24.6 x 17.8 x 0.1 cm
Print

$8,409

Richard Texier, Pilots, Print

Richard Texier

Pilots, 2006
50 x 36.5 cm
Print

$618

Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
105 x 75 x 1 cm
Print

$556

Emilio Greco, Commiato no. 15 - Farewell no. 15, Print

Emilio Greco

Commiato no. 15 - Farewell no. 15, 1973
78 x 66 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,844

Afro Basaldella, Vulcani, Print

Afro Basaldella

Vulcani, 1974
49.5 x 71 x 0.1 cm
Print

$5,688

Sandro Chia, Untitled, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Sandro Chia

Untitled, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
70 x 94.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,731

Bernard Louédin, Poissons, Print

Bernard Louédin

Poissons, 1999
28 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Print

$142

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