Aquatint

Rue de Seine (detail), David Hockney, 1971. Etching and aquatint. Signed in pencil and numbered from the edition of 150. 89.4 × 70.6 cm. Sims Reed Gallery.


The plate is covered with grains of resin called an aquatint ground, which are then fused to the plate, generally by heating. The plate is immersed in an acid bath allowing acid to bite into the entire area, pitted with the resin, creating an overall grainy, tonal effect. This technique is often combined with etching.


Featured Aquatints

Nu accroupi, Henri Matisse, 1947. Aquatint. Edition of 25. Signed and numbered. 34.8 x 27.6 cm.
And ice mast high came floating by., from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Patrick Proctor RA, 1976. Aquatint. 34.8 x 27.4 cm. Unsigned proof for the book edition.
Attic Series #10, Robert Mangold. 1991. Aquatint and etching. 81.3 x 91.4 cm
16:15 Aspect Ratio (1 of 12). Mario Palacios Kaim, 2016. Silverleaf on 300g Aquarelle paper. Edition of 12 plus 3 AP. Paper size: 56 x 76 cm.
Circle, Jaako Mattila, 2016. Aquatint.
Two Vases in the Louvre, David Hockney, 1974. Etching and aquatint printed in colours. Signed in pencil and numbered from the edition of 75. Printed on Inveresk mould-made paper by Maurice Payne, London. Published by Petersburg Press, London. 99.5 x 92cm.

Nu accroupi, Henri Matisse, 1947. Aquatint. Edition of 25. Signed and numbered. 34.8 x 27.6 cm. And ice mast high came floating by., from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Patrick Proctor RA, 1976. Aquatint. 34.8 x 27.4 cm. Unsigned proof for the book edition. Attic Series #10, Robert Mangold. 1991. Aquatint and etching. 81.3 x 91.4 cm 16:15 Aspect Ratio (1 of 12). Mario Palacios Kaim, 2016. Silverleaf on 300g Aquarelle paper. Edition of 12 plus 3 AP. Paper size: 56 x 76 cm. Circle, Jaako Mattila, 2016. Aquatint. Two Vases in the Louvre, David Hockney, 1974. Etching and aquatint printed in colours. Signed in pencil and numbered from the edition of 75. Printed on Inveresk mould-made paper by Maurice Payne, London. Published by Petersburg Press, London. 99.5 x 92cm.
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