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

Joan Miró

Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), 1975
90 x 66 x 0.2 cm

$16,686 $23,837

Valérie Betoulaud, Le Plongeon - bleu rouge, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Le Plongeon - bleu rouge, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


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

$2,308 $2,885

Josep Guinovart, Mare Nostrum 14, Print

Josep Guinovart

Mare Nostrum 14, 1985
54 x 36 x 0.1 cm


Krzysztof Skórczewski, Insects - rural sketches, Print

Krzysztof Skórczewski

Insects - rural sketches, 2011
11 x 12 cm


Barbara Rosiak, An eye, Print

Barbara Rosiak

An eye, 1985
25 x 21 cm


Juan José Torralba, Plenitud, Print

Juan José Torralba

Plenitud, 1970
77 x 57 x 0.1 cm


Ewelina Skowronska, Rosy Fingered Moon, Print

Ewelina Skowronska

Rosy Fingered Moon, 2020
90 x 112 x 0.1 cm


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


Helen Zughaib, Look Who is Coming to Dinner, Print

Helen Zughaib

Look Who is Coming to Dinner, 2018
50 x 70 cm


Guy Allen, Moon Stag, Print

Guy Allen

Moon Stag, 2019
90 x 90 cm


Atsuko Ishii, Go and do, Print

Atsuko Ishii

Go and do, 2019
21 x 15 x 0.5 cm


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


Yaacov Agam, Message of peace, Print

Yaacov Agam

Message of peace, 1988
101 x 78 cm


Marc Chagall, Le Renard et Le Buste, Print

Marc Chagall

Le Renard et Le Buste, 1930
39.5 x 29.5 x 0.2 cm


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

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
89 x 60.5 cm


Max Ernst, Composition from "Festin", Print

Max Ernst

Composition from "Festin", 1974
46 x 34 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
126 x 88 cm


Tanc, Sea Scape, Print


Sea Scape, 2019
100 x 78 cm


Antoni Tapies, Untitled - Berlin Suite, Print

Antoni Tapies

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


Jean-Michel Folon, Dream, Print

Jean-Michel Folon

Dream, 1970
28 x 35.5 x 0.2 cm


Bruno Mallart, A pavane dorée, ramage dansant, Print

Bruno Mallart

A pavane dorée, ramage dansant, 2018
150 x 75 cm


Jean-Paul Agosti, Canopée, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Canopée, 2002
34 x 27 cm


Zao Wou-Ki, Sans titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans titre, 1987
56 x 76 x 0.1 cm


Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
50 x 70 cm


Francis Bacon, Triptych 1987, Print

Francis Bacon

Triptych 1987, 1989
94.5 x 68 x 0.1 cm


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


Le Corbusier, Untitled, Print

Le Corbusier

Untitled, 1953
57 x 45 x 0.1 cm


Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5, 2014
89.5 x 60 cm


Man Ray, Une Cathédrale, Print

Man Ray

Une Cathédrale, 1968
37.5 x 28 x 0.4 cm


Wifredo Lam, Belle épine - from the suite 'Pleni Luna', Print

Wifredo Lam

Belle épine - from the suite 'Pleni Luna', 1974
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Zoran Mishe, Pleasure II – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure II – Silver edition, 2021
70 x 50 cm


Ludovic Debeurme, Fils Masque, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Fils Masque, 2016
25 x 25 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Joan Hernández Pijuan, Iris blau 1, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Iris blau 1, 1994
38 x 28 cm


Jean Soyer, 030906, Print

Jean Soyer

030906, 2003
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Bernar Venet, Grib, Print

Bernar Venet

Grib, 2016
28 x 38.5 x 1 cm


Caroline Veith, September 2015 #1, Print

Caroline Veith

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


Serge Poliakoff, Orange And Bordeaux Composition, Print

Serge Poliakoff

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


Vassily Kandinsky, Gravure pour 10, Print

Vassily Kandinsky

Gravure pour 10, 1942
38 x 28 x 0.1 cm


Luis Feito, Octubre IV, Print

Luis Feito

Octubre IV, 1989
105 x 75 cm


Joanne Freeman, Covers 1 Cobalt, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 1 Cobalt, 2017
71 x 66 cm


Nicola Simbari, Red/Violet Landscape, Print

Nicola Simbari

Red/Violet Landscape, 1976
50 x 70 x 0.1 cm


Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
78 x 57 x 1 cm


Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
90 x 63 cm


Pierre Muckensturm, 13R1, Print

Pierre Muckensturm

13R1, 2013
65 x 150 cm


André Masson, Femme, Print

André Masson

Femme, 1962
35 x 42.5 x 0.1 cm


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


Marino Marini, Jugglers, 9, Print

Marino Marini

Jugglers, 9, 1971
51 x 38 x 0.1 cm


Charles Lapicque, Les reclus, Print

Charles Lapicque

Les reclus, 1967
38 x 28 cm


Andrew Schoultz, Eye of Life, Print

Andrew Schoultz

Eye of Life, 2017
85.5 x 64 cm


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

G.W. Bot

The Keeper, 2006
92 x 52 cm


Pierre Boncompain, Huts, Print

Pierre Boncompain

Huts, 1970
31 x 38.5 x 0.1 cm


Giacomo Manzú, Head of Oedipus, Print

Giacomo Manzú

Head of Oedipus, 1970
64.5 x 49.5 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations Robert Longo, Black flag, Print

Robert Longo

Black flag, 1999
71 x 111 x 1 cm


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


Pol Bury, Untitled, Print

Pol Bury

Untitled, 1974
100 x 70 x 0.1 cm

$803 $1,004

André Cervera, Bacchus Angel, Print

André Cervera

Bacchus Angel, 2019
66 x 50 cm


Gérard Guyomard, Playing, Print

Gérard Guyomard

Playing, 1960
32.3 x 25.5 x 0.3 cm


Lucio Fontana, White Incision, Print

Lucio Fontana

White Incision, 1967
64 x 48 x 0.1 cm


Brecht Evens, Piscine des Rigoles, Print

Brecht Evens

Piscine des Rigoles, 2018
64 x 91.5 cm


Hervé Télémaque, Roland Garros, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Roland Garros, 2000
105 x 75 x 1 cm


Henri Goetz, Dark Composition, Print

Henri Goetz

Dark Composition, 1970
50.3 x 69.5 x 0.2 cm


Marcel Gromaire, Les Jardiniers, Print

Marcel Gromaire

Les Jardiniers, 1961
32 x 24 x 0.1 cm


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

David De la Mano

Stateless (Beige Edition), 2018
89 x 68 cm


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