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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.

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Atsuko Ishii, There's Melody, Print

Atsuko Ishii

There's Melody, 2021
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch


Grzegorz Lerka, Meet, Print

Grzegorz Lerka

Meet, 2019
15 x 20.1 inch


Krzysztof Wieczorek, Tenth postcard from a journey, Print

Krzysztof Wieczorek

Tenth postcard from a journey, 2010
4.7 x 5.1 inch


Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk, My labyrinths, Print

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk

My labyrinths, 2009
6.5 x 9.6 inch


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

Jaume Plensa

The Stolen Face _ Le visage volé, 2021
8.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 inch


Giuseppe Santomaso, Canti Pisani, Print

Giuseppe Santomaso

Canti Pisani, 1989
17.7 x 14.2 inch


Joan Miró, Lithograph III, Print

Joan Miró

Lithograph III, 1972
14 x 21 inch


Our recommendations Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Sin Título, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Sin Título, 2000
30.3 x 44.1 inch


Alfons Borrell, Espais 3, Print

Alfons Borrell

Espais 3, 1990
22 x 29.9 inch


Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch


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

Edvard Munch

Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, 2017
25.6 x 19.3 inch


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

Bernar Venet

1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, 1996
20 x 19.5 inch


Sébastien Mérieau, Octopus, Print

Sébastien Mérieau

Octopus, 2019
13 x 9.8 inch


Camille Hilaire, L'Epte, Print

Camille Hilaire

L'Epte, 1994
29.1 x 29.1 inch


Chanoir, Chas Zoulous, Print


Chas Zoulous, 2019
23.4 x 16.5 inch


Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Tanc, Sea Scape, Print


Sea Scape, 2019
39.4 x 30.7 inch


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

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
35 x 23.8 inch


Costa, Abbey road, Print


Abbey road, 2016
22.8 x 35.4 inch


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

Walasse Ting

Green Nude with Skirt and White Snake, 1964
18 x 24 inch


Claude Weisbuch, Portrait de B, Print

Claude Weisbuch

Portrait de B, 1986
29.9 x 22 inch


Françoise Pétrovitch, Le Garçon au Squelette, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Le Garçon au Squelette, 2016
63 x 47.2 inch


Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
35.2 x 23.6 inch


Charles Lapicque, Le blanc-bec, Print

Charles Lapicque

Le blanc-bec, 1967
15 x 11 inch


Eugène Baboulène, La Maison du pêcheur, Print

Eugène Baboulène

La Maison du pêcheur, 1981
21.3 x 29.5 inch


Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


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

Anna Gawlikowska

From the Feast of the Moon series, 2004
29.1 x 29.1 inch


Our recommendations Francis Bacon, Seated figure, Print

Francis Bacon

Seated figure, 1983
40 x 28 inch


James Coignard, Perturbation en O , Print

James Coignard

Perturbation en O , 2004
31.5 x 47.2 inch


Antoni Clavé, Papier froisse, Print

Antoni Clavé

Papier froisse, 1979
26 x 19.7 inch


Mimmo Paladino, Sguardo a destra, Print

Mimmo Paladino

Sguardo a destra, 2000
24 x 32 inch


Joan Hernández Pijuan, Rosa Blanca, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Rosa Blanca, 1987
29.9 x 22 inch


Bernard Louédin, Le Bocage, Print

Bernard Louédin

Le Bocage, 1997
7.9 x 14.6 x 0 inch


Nathalie Grall, En suspens, Print

Nathalie Grall

En suspens, 2008
19.7 x 11.8 inch


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

Léon Spilliaert

Vertige, l'escalier magique 1908 / Vertigo, Magic Staircase 1908, 2018
29.9 x 22.8 inch


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

Berenika Korecka-Sowinska

A Notebook (Cycle-XVII), 2016
19.3 x 27.2 inch


Lorenzo Mattotti, Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), Print

Lorenzo Mattotti

Tiepolo 1 (La Danse), 2016
29.7 x 41.7 inch


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

Marino Marini

Spartico (Bizarria) - GA 184, 1975
20 x 26 inch


Atsushi Kaga, Usacchi listening to David Bowie, Print

Atsushi Kaga

Usacchi listening to David Bowie, 2014
11.5 x 9.8 inch


Richard Lindner, NY Men (Fun City), Print

Richard Lindner

NY Men (Fun City), 1971
25 x 20 inch


Louisa Chase, Untitled (Hands), Print

Louisa Chase

Untitled (Hands), 1984
12 x 12 inch


Krzysztof Skórczewski, Spring's Holiday, Print

Krzysztof Skórczewski

Spring's Holiday, 2008
9.8 x 13.4 inch


Jean-Louis Toutain, Sous le réverbère, Print

Jean-Louis Toutain

Sous le réverbère, 2019
22 x 15 inch


Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Zdzislaw Wiatr, 14 Przedborska Street, Print

Zdzislaw Wiatr

14 Przedborska Street, 2009
5.9 x 7.5 inch


Liliana Porter, Them, him, Print

Liliana Porter

Them, him, 2018
22.8 x 18.3 inch


Rafael Canogar, Sitial, Print

Rafael Canogar

Sitial, 2003
29.9 x 22 inch


Jacek Sroka, Don Kichot, Print

Jacek Sroka

Don Kichot, 2002
9.6 x 12.8 inch


Fernando Bellver, Hans Arp, Print

Fernando Bellver

Hans Arp, 1994
25.2 x 18.9 inch


Jean Hélion, Force de la mer I, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer I, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch


Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

September 2015 #1, 2015
9.8 x 9.8 x 2 inch


Franciszek Bunsch, Dark Side of the Moon, Print

Franciszek Bunsch

Dark Side of the Moon, 2002
7.1 x 5.5 x 0.2 inch


Claude Lévêque, Golden World, Print

Claude Lévêque

Golden World, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Joe Tilson, Eleusis Proscinemi, Print

Joe Tilson

Eleusis Proscinemi, 1980
31.5 x 22.5 inch


Jacek Sowicki, Forget me nots in black, Print

Jacek Sowicki

Forget me nots in black, 1996
23.6 x 18.9 inch


Wieslaw Skibinski, A tapestry, Print

Wieslaw Skibinski

A tapestry, 2006
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Donald Sultan, Pomegranates II, Print

Donald Sultan

Pomegranates II, 1990
47 x 35 inch


Jowita Wallner, Agrotourism, Print

Jowita Wallner

Agrotourism, 2002
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Ryszard Gieryszewski, Untitled (A border), Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

Untitled (A border), 1988
19.7 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


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

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Summer Suite (Red with Gold IV), 1979
21.5 x 21.5 inch


Henri Goetz, Sans titre I, Print

Henri Goetz

Sans titre I, 1980
10.2 x 7.5 inch


Pierre-Gérard Langlois, Aube vénitienne, Print

Pierre-Gérard Langlois

Aube vénitienne, 1986
24 x 31.5 inch


Damien Deroubaix, The Artist, Print

Damien Deroubaix

The Artist, 2017
44.9 x 30.3 x 0 inch


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
48 x 37 inch


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