About The Artist:
Jacques Villon was born Gaston Duchamp in 1875 in Normandy, France. He was one of six children and four of the children would receive acclaim as artists and sculptors in their lifetime. It was under the direction of his grandfather, Emile Frederic Nicolle that Villon learned engraving and in the summer of 1894 he studied at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Villon submitted his drawings to local newspapers that featured illustrations. In 1891...
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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.