About The Artist:
French painter and etcher of Breton scenes and also, occasionally, of traditional religious subjects. Born at Grenoble of Breton parents, the son of a general; his family moved in 1889 to Vannes (Morbihan). Studied for a few months at the Ecole des Arts D-23coratifs, then for five years under Cormon at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Frequented the Louvre, being particularly attracted by the works of Millet. Began engraving in 1903-4, with...
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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.