About The Artist:
Tavik František Šimon
Tavik František Šimon is one of the greatest artists of the first half of the 20th century. He was born May 13, 1877 in Bohemia, in the then Austrian Empire, in the little town Železnice (in German: Eisenstadtel, or Eisenstadtl) near Jicin, east of the Česky Raj (Bohemian Paradise), a wonderful landscape with fantastic sandstone rocks and ruins of medieval castles. The painter often visited his native town and Železnice honours...
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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.