5 Famous Etchings that Made Remarkable History
By Chelsea Reed
¬†Sometimes it‚Äôs just essential for us to go back and observe the masters, and the etchings by famous artists are no exception. These pioneers of art paved the way for new art styles to be made possible in both etching and painting in the art world. Etchings even transformed the book printing industry by allowing it to spread new ideas to larger numbers of people. While many more famous etchings are out there, we‚Äôll focus on five today for the sake of brevity. Let‚Äôs take a look.
Etching technology had been around for about twenty years before, but Albrecht Durer was the German artist who really caused it to take off in the 1540‚Äôs. His remarkable talent in expanding ink tones and expressing powerful imagery is clearly seen in ‚ÄúKnight, Death, and the Devil,‚ÄĚ one of his most famous pieces, and no doubt revolutionized the printing industry into what it is today.
Virgin Seated on a Cloud¬†by Federico Barocci
¬†This serene etching by the Italian artist Federico Barocci is famous for its simple intimacy. It paved the way for many other famous etchings centuries later. Interesting enough, Barocci and other Italian artists were inspired to create etchings from their German neighbors. And Barocci‚Äôs works inspired Rembrandt himself! Barocci only made four etchings in his lifetime, but they became an important part of art history.
Self Portrait: Reflection– Lucian Freud
Renaissance artists weren‚Äôt the only masters who could catch living humanity on paper. Lucian Freud‚Äôs modern etchings are famous for featuring beauty with realistic flesh tones. Did you know that Freud held the metal plate for ‚ÄúSelf Portrait‚ÄĚ upright on an easel while working on it? Painting and etching share many technical traits, so the practice isn‚Äôt as far off as it seems.
Hundred Gilder Print¬†by Rembrandt
¬†Somewhere along the line, you knew that we had to bring this up! One of Rembrandt‚Äôs most famous etchings in the whole world, it is also known as ‚ÄúChrist Healing the Sick.‚ÄĚ It is said to have gotten the name ‚ÄėHundred Gilder‚Äô because of the large sum of money that was paid for an¬†impression¬†of this amazing etching. An impression is original art that an etching plate presses onto the paper. Each impression is an original work of art. Pretty cool, right?
The 347 Series‚Äď Pablo Picasso
¬†Did you know that Pablo Picasso made etchings, too? This interesting group of etchings known as the ‚Äú347 Series‚ÄĚ is considered to be among Picasso‚Äôs last great artworks that he signed by hand. With these special etchings, he proved that the technical brilliance and beauty professional artists produced through their artwork increased value in the art industry. They have been highly sought after by art appraisers and galleries ever since.
Aren‚Äôt these etchings amazing? Other artists such as Francisco Goya,¬†Carolyn Cohen, and¬†David Hunterhave created many etchings, too. Did you know that the Master artist David Hunter has¬†a live etching demonstration at Seaside Art Gallery¬†every year on Labor Day weekend? He creates his award-winning etchings live in front of you at the Gallery. It‚Äôs living proof that from the 1520‚Äôs to today, etching art has inspired and continues to inspire us for many years to come.¬†See the art now¬†today!
Chelsea Reed¬†is a freelance copywriter. She writes articles, blogs, websites and online content from her base in North Carolina.