drypoint - An intaglio printing process in which burrs are left on the plate by the pointed needle (or "pencil") that directly inscribes lines. A kind of engraving which has a soft, fuzzy line because of the metal burrs.
Its disadvantage is that because such plates wear out quickly, editions are usually limited to 50 or fewer prints.
Federico Barocci (Italian, c. 1535-1612), The Annunciation, c. 1581, drypoint with stipple etching, 44.5 x 31.2 cm, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669), Christ Presented to the People, 1655, drypoint, 14 x 17 7/8 inches (35.6 x 45.4 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
James McNeil Whistler (American, 1834-1903, active in England), Drouet, 1859, etching and drypoint, 8 7/8 x 6 inches (22.5 x 15.2 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1967), Minotaur Caressing a Sleeping Woman, 1933, drypoint, from the edition of 303, 11 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches (29.6 x 36.7 cm), San Diego Museum of Art, CA. See mythology.
Milton Avery (American, 1893-1965), Self-Portrait, 1937, drypoint, image 19.5 x 16.2 cm, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA. See self-portrait.