Prints

Printmaking is generally defined as the creation of multiple impressions of an image. Each print may features slight variations with individual examples usually known as ‘impressions,’ and multiple impressions as an ‘edition.’

Among the many varieties of printmaking are woodcuts, engravings, etching, mezzotints, lithographs and screenprints.


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Three contrasting ways to be big in Japan

29 June 2020

Two very different Japanese works on paper performed with equal gusto at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) recent Asian art sale, both making 10-times-estimate sums for a vendor from Hertfordshire.

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Munch's moonlight woodcut emerges from shadows

29 June 2020

Edvard Munch returned to the subject 'Woman in Moonlight – The Voice' on several occasions.

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Hepworth and Moore united in exhibition

22 June 2020

The weighty three-dimensional forms for which Henry Moore (1898-1986) is best known are the subject of his 1940s lithograph, Sculptural Objects, offered in an exhibition at Eames Fine Art.

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Toyoharu’s powers of perspective evident from album offered in Zurich

08 June 2020

While the Japanese woodblock print artist Okumura Masanobu (1686-1764) is credited with the first use of one-point perspective in the depiction of interior spaces, a technique previously known only in Western art, his colleague Utagawa Toyoharu (1735-1814) achieved even greater fame when he mastered the creation of perspective prints of outdoor scenes, known as Uki-e.

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David Hockney print stars among early sales at first online IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair

02 June 2020

Results from an online prints fair prove that sales continue at online events.

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Supreme pair of wartime printmakers featured at Osborne Samuel

11 May 2020

Two of the most sought-after British artists of the First World War, Paul Nash and CRW Nevinson, are celebrated in an online exhibition at Osborne Samuel this month.

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ATG letter: Book trade good news… and a cross-dressing mystery to solve

04 May 2020

MADAM – I have recently polled our PBFA members to assess the state of the antiquarian book trade and asked in particular about any positive outcomes of the lockdown.

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Print fair joins the online revolution to display works during lockdown

04 May 2020

The 'London Original Print Fair' (LOPF) is one of the many dealer events moving online as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

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Here’s the real Samuel Palmer…

20 April 2020

Samuel Palmer (1805-81) prints are not unusual on the market but one of two that were offered as a single lot at Chorley’s (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cheltenham carried an interesting inscription by the artist’s son, AH Palmer.

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Rembrandt etching not frowned on in saleroom

13 April 2020

Self-portraits are among the earliest prints that Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) made, accounting for a large portion of his etching output when he was in his 20s and living in Leiden.

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Online bidders snap up rare James Barry prints at Forum Auctions

26 March 2020

Two versions of a rare mezzotint self-portrait by the Irish artist James Barry (1741-1806) excelled when offered for sale at Forum Auctions. Both plates, one an unrecorded proof impression, the other possibly inscribed by the artist, took multi-estimate sums from online bidders.

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Top of the Lowry prints league

16 March 2020

Limited-edition work showing Salford artist’s famous football scene nets a new high

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Lowry harbour scene: more to mum’s taste

16 March 2020

It was scenes of pleasure boats at Lytham St Anne’s on the Lancashire coast like the one shown below that Lowry’s mother supposedly favoured over her son’s darker industrial scenes.

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Freeman's flagship gallery off to fine launch

09 March 2020

First auction to be held in Freeman’s new Philadelphia site topped by Degas and Van Gogh

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Hockney snowbound print drifts into Lots Road

17 February 2020

This large lithograph forms part of the Weather Series, a suite of prints created by David Hockney (b.1937) in 1973.

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'New prints' refresh Japanese subjects

17 February 2020

Shin-hanga, meaning ‘new prints’, emerged in Japan during the early 20th century. Aimed at Western tastes, the artistic movement combined the traditional colourful woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e with nostalgic and romanticised Japanese subjects.

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Grotesque figures on 16th century engraving delight a buyer

03 February 2020

Populated with grotesque figures, this 16th century engraving after the early Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516) sold for £16,000 at auction in London.

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Banksy prints in focus at Forum sale

15 January 2020

Banksy's first commercially produced screenprint to be offered at Forum Auctions next week.

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Four lots to watch at auction this week including Covent Garden linocut by Edward Bawden

13 January 2020

With estimates from £10-1800 here are four previews of upcoming items this week.

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Hogarth shows the sleazy side of life

13 January 2020

William Hogarth (1697-1764) became famous in his day with the help of numerous prints he produced.

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