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Love Etchings? Here's Our Selection of Artworks

  • Donald Sultan - Black Rose (1 of 3) (detail), 1989
August 15, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

To the modern reader, the printmaking might call to mind mechanically mass-produced commercial products. However, it is also a popular technique often chosen by artists to express themselves instead of using a paintbrush or the chisel.

A particular printmaking technique, the etching is produced by incising a design onto a wax-coated metal plate and then soaking the entire matrix in strong acid. After the chemicals expose the lines, leaving the wax virtually intact, the plate is inked and pressed. A method believed to be invented by Daniel Hopfer in the 15th century, etching has been used by a range of artists throughout art history such as RembrandtFrancisco GoyaOtto DixPablo PicassoCy Twombly and a range of modern and contemporary masters.

We have a compiled a list of compelling etchings that you can own right now!

Featured image: Donald Sultan – Black Rose (1 of 3) (detail), 1989. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Joachim Biehler - After the Storm

Joachim Biehler - After the Storm

In his work, Joachim Biehler tends to twist the subtleties or references to the contemporary art milieu with humor. His works usually play an attraction-repulsion game.

In the piece After the Storm, the artist references the American flag, all in white.

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  • Salvador Dali - La Femme au Fouet (Woman with Whip), 1969

Salvador Dali - La Femme au Fouet (Woman with Whip)

Regarded as one of the most original, innovative and famous figures in the 20th-century art, Salvador Dalí left an indelible mark on the art world. Famous for both his flamboyant personality and technical virtuosity, he combined avant-garde subject matter with academic style, paving the way for generations of artists to come.

Created in 1969, Le Femme au Fouet (Woman with Whip) exemplifies his obsession with the female form. Women, as an artistic obsession, mirror the changing images and identities of females in our society.

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  • Pablo Picasso - Deux Hommes Sculptes - Three Nude Men Standing, 1933

Pablo Picasso - Deux Hommes Sculptes, Three Nude Men Standing

One of the most known and influential artists of his time, Pablo Picasso completely redefined artistic practice and its purpose. Associated most of all with pioneering Cubism, alongside Georges Braque, he also invented collage and made major contributions to Symbolism and Surrealism.

Picasso’s love of printmaking first began with his discovery of etchings, and what drew Picasso to the medium was the complexity. Mastering the more traditional etching techniques, he began to experiment and incorporate dry point and aquatint into his etchings. The mastery of this technique is evident in the work Deux Hommes Sculptes, Three Nude Men Standing from 1933.

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  • Donald Sultan - Black Rose (1 of 3), 1989

Donald Sultan - Black Rose (1 of 3)

A contemporary painter, Donald Sultan is best known for his use of industrial materials to depict everyday subjects. His work is distinctively textured and equally balances the contrast of positive and negative space.

This work is part of a series of three aquatints of Black Roses, executed by Sultan in December 1989 and published in 1990. In this body of work, the rich, velvety blackness of the medium was essential to the artist’s conception of the whole. Boldly carving smooth, heavy etching paper with sticks of charcoal, he created elemental shapes which are provocatively sensuous.

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  • Eric Fischl - Untitled (Boy in blue water), 1988

Eric Fischl - Untitled (Boy in blue water)

Embodying the pleasure of observing, the work of Eric Fischl is regarded as an ode to various aspects of voyeurism. Depicting a range of random situations, the artist intersects certain social mechanisms and creates narratives filled with humor, sensuality and intrigue.

The piece Untitled (Boy in Blue Water) was created in 1988 for the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Joan Miro - Els Gossos VI

One of the most influential artists in the 20th century, Joan Miró is known for his signature biomorphic forms, geometric shapes, and semi-abstracted objects expressed in multiple media, from ceramics and engravings to large bronze installations. Embarking on his own Surrealism-inspired exploration, Miró invented a new kind of pictorial space where he incorporated objects which stemmed from his imagination.

This etching with aquatint in colors on Arches is part of a series of works where the artist rendered his own interpretation of dogs.

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  • David Hockney - The Bell Tower, 1969

David Hockney - The Bell Tower

Considered one of the most successful and recognized artists of our time, David Hockney has redefined the medium of painting during over six decades of creation. He is known for stylistic versatility, which presented a whole new creative dimension by an artist who always chose to set his own norms.

In 1969, the celebrated artist created some beautiful etchings for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, featuring weird and enchanting drawings for The Little Sea Hare, Fundevogel, RapunzelThe Boy Who Left Home to Learn Fear, Old Rinkrank, and Rumpelstilzchen. A part of this body of work, The Bell Tower is haunting and scary, yet beautiful.

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  • Jasper Johns - The Seasons, 1989

Jasper Johns - The Seasons

Over the course of his prolific and extensive career, Jasper Johns created work based solely on his own concepts and principles, eventually establishing his own style. Always being ahead of his time, his work made a crucial impact on later movements of Pop art and Minimalism.

Comprised of four prints, The Seasons from 1989 explores artifacts and seasonal symbols to represent the epochs of life and the cycles of growth and aging. The work incorporates many motifs used previously in his work, as well as more reflective imagery that first emerged in his work in the 1980s.

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  • Man Ray - L'Aventure, 1972

Man Ray - L'Aventure

A seminal 20-the century artist, Man Ray is best known for his photographs of the inter-war years, in particular, innovative pictures he called Rayographs that were produced without the use of the camera. However, he absorbed diverse influences from SurrealismCubismFuturism, and Dada to create art in almost every medium, including painting, sculpture, film, prints and even poetry.

In this 1972 drawing, the artist incorporated the motive of the slabs, evoking the checkboard structure of a chess game which was very dear to his, but also the meridians and parallels of the globe, and therefore the immensity of the world. On the horizon, a giant hand seizes a blood-red sun, referencing that the world is in immense danger. However, the caryatid bathed in a golden light is a representation of happier tomorrow.

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  • Louise Nevelson - Presence Graphic, 1970

Louise Nevelson - Presence Graphic

A groundbreaking American artist, Louise Nevelson created wood assemblages that transcended space, extending the properties of illusion into the sculpture’s vocabulary. Assembled from reclaimed everyday objects and combined into a totality through a monochromatic coat of paint, her pieces blurred the boundaries between sculpture and assemblagecollage and woodworking.

This etching with collage testifies to the artist’s remarkable versatility and the ability to translate her visual language in any given medium.

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