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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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Pierre Alechinsky, Si près, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Si près, 2007
7.7 x 5.3 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Joan Miró, Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), Print

Joan Miró

Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), 1975
35.4 x 26 x 0.1 inch


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

Emilio Greco

Commiato no. 15 - Farewell no. 15, 1973
30.7 x 26 x 0.1 inch


Katarina Kudelova, Vieille peau, Print

Katarina Kudelova

Vieille peau, 2012
34.3 x 33.1 inch


Barbara Rosiak, An eye, Print

Barbara Rosiak

An eye, 1985
9.8 x 8.3 inch


Erwin Bechtold, Margenes 7, Print

Erwin Bechtold

Margenes 7, 1977
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Helen Zughaib, Look Who is Coming to Dinner, Print

Helen Zughaib

Look Who is Coming to Dinner, 2018
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Guy Allen, Moon Stag, Print

Guy Allen

Moon Stag, 2019
35.4 x 35.4 inch


Atsuko Ishii, On a sunday, Print

Atsuko Ishii

On a sunday, 2020
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.2 inch


Our recommendations Gustav Klimt, Lovers - 1904/1905, Print

Gustav Klimt

Lovers - 1904/1905, 2018
25.6 x 19.7 inch


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

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
35 x 23.8 inch


Yaacov Agam, Message of peace, Print

Yaacov Agam

Message of peace, 1988
39.8 x 30.7 inch


Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
49.6 x 34.6 inch


Tanc, Sea Scape, Print


Sea Scape, 2019
39.4 x 30.7 inch


Bruno Mallart, A pavane dorée, ramage dansant, Print

Bruno Mallart

A pavane dorée, ramage dansant, 2018
59.1 x 29.5 inch


Jean-Paul Agosti, Canopée, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Canopée, 2002
13.4 x 10.6 inch


Antoni Tapies, Creu i S, Print

Antoni Tapies

Creu i S, 1976
22 x 29.9 inch


Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
35.2 x 23.6 inch


Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Bernar Venet, Grib, Print

Bernar Venet

Grib, 2016
11 x 15.2 x 0.4 inch


Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

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


Brecht Evens, Piscine des Rigoles, Print

Brecht Evens

Piscine des Rigoles, 2018
25.2 x 36 inch


Joanne Freeman, Covers 1 Cobalt, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 1 Cobalt, 2017
28 x 26 inch


Luis Feito, Mayo IV, Print

Luis Feito

Mayo IV, 1989
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Our recommendations Joan Hernández Pijuan, Iris blau 1, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Iris blau 1, 1994
15 x 11 inch


Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
30.7 x 22.4 x 0.4 inch


Francis Bacon, Seated figure, Print

Francis Bacon

Seated figure, 1983
40 x 28 inch


Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
35.4 x 24.8 inch


Zoran Mishe, Pleasure II – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure II – Silver edition, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Pierre Muckensturm, 13R1, Print

Pierre Muckensturm

13R1, 2013
25.6 x 59.1 inch


Our recommendations Robert Longo, Black flag, Print

Robert Longo

Black flag, 1999
28 x 43.7 x 0.4 inch


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
14.8 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Ludovic Debeurme, Fils Masque, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Fils Masque, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 x 0.4 inch


Jacques Loustal, Route Côtière, Print

Jacques Loustal

Route Côtière, 2017
31.9 x 24.6 inch


Andrew Schoultz, Eye of Life, Print

Andrew Schoultz

Eye of Life, 2017
33.7 x 25.2 inch


André Cervera, Bacchus Angel, Print

André Cervera

Bacchus Angel, 2019
26 x 19.7 inch


Thomas Ott, Der Kaiser, Print

Thomas Ott

Der Kaiser, 2018
16.1 x 13.8 inch


Bernard Louédin, Gémeaux, Print

Bernard Louédin

Gémeaux, 1999
11 x 7.9 x 0 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


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

G.W. Bot

The Keeper, 2006
36.2 x 20.5 inch


Yuichi Yokoyama, Sans Titre, Print

Yuichi Yokoyama

Sans Titre, 2018
16.5 x 12.2 inch


David De la Mano, Stateless (Beige Edition), Print

David De la Mano

Stateless (Beige Edition), 2018
35 x 26.8 inch


Yaya Herman Dune, Dalävlen, Print

Yaya Herman Dune

Dalävlen, 2010
22.4 x 28 x 0.4 inch


Helen Frankenthaler, Parets, Print

Helen Frankenthaler

Parets, 1987
50.8 x 37.8 inch


Jean Hélion, Force de la mer I, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer I, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch


Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Odilon Redon, Pégase Captif 1889 / Captive Pegasus 1889, Print

Odilon Redon

Pégase Captif 1889 / Captive Pegasus 1889, 2018
26.2 x 22.4 inch


Éric Lambé, 19m2, Print

Éric Lambé

19m2, 2017
17.1 x 16.1 inch


Stéphane Blanquet, Régulateur Altéré, Print

Stéphane Blanquet

Régulateur Altéré, 2016
24.8 x 37.2 inch


Jill Moser, Randy’s Reach, Print

Jill Moser

Randy’s Reach, 2004
16 x 22 inch


Antoni Clavé, Relleus i signes, Print

Antoni Clavé

Relleus i signes, 1972
22.6 x 30.5 inch


Richard Texier, Ambourg Bay, Print

Richard Texier

Ambourg Bay, 2006
19.7 x 14.2 inch


Henri Goetz, Sans titre I, Print

Henri Goetz

Sans titre I, 1980
10.2 x 7.5 inch


Our recommendations Wolpa Wanambi, Wuyal ga Marurrumburr, Print

Wolpa Wanambi

Wuyal ga Marurrumburr, 2000
29.9 x 22 inch


Georges Seurat, Nu Assis / Seated Nude, 1883, Print

Georges Seurat

Nu Assis / Seated Nude, 1883, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Charles Lapicque, Les reclus, Print

Charles Lapicque

Les reclus, 1967
15 x 11 inch


Nicolas de Crécy, Corsica, Print

Nicolas de Crécy

Corsica, 2017
19.8 x 26.1 inch


Lieven De Boeck, Fingerprint, Print

Lieven De Boeck

Fingerprint, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Enrique Marin, Rendez-vous à Valparaiso, Print

Enrique Marin

Rendez-vous à Valparaiso, 1989
36.2 x 29.9 inch


Liliana Porter, Them, him, Print

Liliana Porter

Them, him, 2018
22.8 x 18.3 inch


Rafael Canogar, Pilón, Print

Rafael Canogar

Pilón, 2005
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Brigitte Touvron, Sans titre III, Print

Brigitte Touvron

Sans titre III, 2019
5.5 x 4.3 x 0.4 inch


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