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aaquatint - An intaglio, etching, and tonal printing process in which a porous ground allows acid to penetrate to form a network of small dots in the plate, as well as the prints made by this process. Aquatints often resemble wash drawings. Any pure whites are stopped out entirely before etching begins, then the palest tints are bitten and stopped out, and so on as in etching. This process is repeated 20 to 30 times until the darkest tones (deepest recesses in the plate) are reached.







see thumbnail to leftFrancisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828), The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (O Sonho da Razao Produz Monstros), 1796-1797, first edition, number 43 from the series "Los Caprichos", aquatint. See Spanish art.




see thumbnail to rightFrancisco de Goya, Giant, by 1818, XIX, burnished aquatint, first state; sheet: 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches (28.5 x 21.01 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.





see thumbnail to leftCamille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903), Effet de pluie, 1879, etching, aquatint, and drypoint, plate: 6 5/16 x 8 3/8 inches (16 x 21.27 cm); sheet: 9 3/8 x 13 inches (23.81 x 33.02 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art. See Impressionism.




see thumbnail to rightHilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917), Actresses in Their Dressing Rooms, 1879-80, etching and aquatint, 6 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (17.1 x 21.6 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.






see thumbnail to leftMartin Lewis (American, 1881-1962), Boss of the Block, c. 1939, aquatint and etching, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.



see thumbnail to rightBarnett Newman (American, 1905-1970), Untitled Etching #1, 1969, etching and aquatint, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. See Minimalism and zip.



Also see ink.






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