About The Artist:
Alfred Van Neste
Alfred van Neste was a Belgian visual artist who was born in 1874. Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'An inner harbour with to the right a mill' sold at Glerum Auctioneers '19th Century Paintings & a collection of works by Old Masters' in 2007. The artist died in 1969....
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About The Medium:
The printing process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. In traditional pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy ground which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needle where they want a line to appear in the finished piece, exposing the bare metal. The plate is then put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper (often moistened to soften it). The paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print.