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A rare copperplate by Adriaen Van Ostade for his etching, «The Quacksalver». To create the print, the plate was prepared...
12/11/2023

A rare copperplate by Adriaen Van Ostade for his etching, «The Quacksalver». To create the print, the plate was prepared with a layer of acid-resistant varnish or wax, which is called the ground. The artist used an etching needle to scratch away parts of the ground so that the copper was exposed and the design emerged. Once the design was completed, the plate was dipped into acid to create the lines that retained the ink. Afterwards, the plate was cleaned, inked, and pressed so that the image transferred onto paper. Swipe ➡️ to see the print.

The copperplate shows the tenth and final state, while the etching we have is from the second state. Van Ostade reworked the plate a total of ten times making minor to major changes to the design. The later states, for example, feature the addition of more children in the foreground as seen on the plate. The etching from the second state features only three children.

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻 Instilling fear by pretending to be something which one is not is a theme Goya explored in two of hi...
10/31/2022

Happy Halloween! 🎃👻 Instilling fear by pretending to be something which one is not is a theme Goya explored in two of his most famous printed series Los Caprichos and Los Proverbios, which he himself called Los Disparates, or The Follies. The latter’s subjects are among the most ambiguous and enigmatic of Goya’s prints, the dark and eery scenes on par with his iconic Black Paintings.

The series addresses “with sardonic humor one of Goya’s favorite themes: the power over humanity of groundless fears and meaningless superstitions,” (Mena Marqués, “Etched Absurdities,” in Goya, Order and Disorder, p. 269). At first glance, the print titled “¡Que Guerrero!” and known as “Disparate Conocido” (or “Well-Known Folly”) appears to portray two soldiers brandishing swords at a group of terrified onlookers. However, it is quickly evident that the “soldiers” are nothing more than dressed-up wooden dolls and the gathering of people are only feigning fear. The figure spotlighted at the forefront mocks the figures, lifting his leg and holding his rear as he pretends to guard himself from the imminent blows of a sword.

Francisco De Goya, “Disparate Conocido,” 1816-24, etching and burnished aquatint.

Few artists have depicted cats as frequently or as masterfully as Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. This lithograph was used...
08/08/2022

Few artists have depicted cats as frequently or as masterfully as Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. This lithograph was used to illustrate the margins of an article on cats by Jacques Dalbray included in the March 1902 issue of the French journal “L’Illustration.” Here, Steinlen skillfully renders the felines in a variety of poses, temperaments, and breeds. Happy !

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, «Sur les Chats de Jacques Dalbray» 1902, lithograph.

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Happy Birthday Andy Warhol, who was born   in 1928!Old Masters and Pop Art collide in Warhol’s «Details of Renaissance P...
08/06/2022

Happy Birthday Andy Warhol, who was born in 1928!

Old Masters and Pop Art collide in Warhol’s «Details of Renaissance Paintings» series. Here, Warhol takes the image of Paolo Uc***lo’s 15th century oil painting «St George Slaying the Dragon» and crops it so that the focus is on the quiet resolute princess alongside details of the dragon’s left wing and tail. Warhol transforms the traditional painting into a Pop art-style work with his unnatural color palette of maroon, pink, orange, green, and blue. This is one of 36 unique trial proofs published by Editions Schellman & Klüser Munich/New York.

Andy Warhol,«Details of Renaissance Paintings (Paolo Uc***lo, St. George and the Dragon, 1460)» 1984.

Nicolaes ‘Claesz’ Pietersz Berchem was a prolific and successful Dutch Golden Age painter and etcher known for his pasto...
07/27/2022

Nicolaes ‘Claesz’ Pietersz Berchem was a prolific and successful Dutch Golden Age painter and etcher known for his pastoral landscapes. Such scenes became popular in the 17th century due to the rise of urbanization, as they provided viewers a means of escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Cows frequently appeared throughout Dutch art because the Dutch were particularly proud of their booming milk industry. As a result, the animal symbolized Holland, its prosperity, its thriving social and economic conditions, and patriotism. In the first of a set of six etchings featuring the gentle creatures, a young milkmaid leans her left arm on a pedestal, a small smile gracing her lips as she looks toward the braying cow on the other side. Below the woman sit two pales, presumably filled with freshly collected milk. Together, the woman and the cow visually represent the harmonious relationship between humans and animals.

Claes Pietersz Berchem, “Set of the Cows,” 1644, set of six etchings.

The representation of hell from Act 4 of the opera “Le Nozze degli Dei” is not far off from the infernal heatwave curren...
07/21/2022

The representation of hell from Act 4 of the opera “Le Nozze degli Dei” is not far off from the infernal heatwave currently sweeping across New York. One could easily say that it is as hot as hell outside!

Performed at the Pitti Palace in July of 1637, the opera (“The Marriage of the Gods” in English) was composed in celebration of the nuptials of Fernando II de Medici and Vittoria della Rovere, Princess of Urbino. Stefano della Bella’s recreation of Alfonso Parigi’s stage setting for the opera’s ballet “Ballo dell’Inferno” is populated by swarming demons and battling centaurs surrounded by buildings engulfed in flames. Hades and Persephone are enthroned in the back, watching the chaos that is unfolding. Someone should tell Hades to come take his weather back…

Stefano della Bella after Alfonso Parigi, “Scena Quinta d’Inferno,” ca. July 1637, etching.

Happy Bastille Day! Bonne fête de nationale!This hand-colored engraving depicts a nighttime view from the Pont Neuf at a...
07/14/2022

Happy Bastille Day! Bonne fête de nationale!

This hand-colored engraving depicts a nighttime view from the Pont Neuf at an artificial island with the Temple of Commerce against the backdrop of fireworks set off over the Seine.

Detail from Francesco Piranesi and Augustin Legrand, «Temple du commerce et Feu d’Artifice sur la Seine,» 1801-802, gouache and watercolor over engraving.

We’re celebrating the Fourth of July weekend with an iconic example of 20th century American printmaking. “Decoy,” which...
07/01/2022

We’re celebrating the Fourth of July weekend with an iconic example of 20th century American printmaking. “Decoy,” which represents the first use by an artist of the hand-fed offset lithography press, is perhaps Jasper Johns’s most complex and enigmatic print. It features reworkings of common themes in Johns’s repertoire, such as the Ballantine ale can and the letters from color names, bridging the gap between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. The American flag was another motif to which Johns repeatedly returned, creating more than 100 in multiple sizes, media, and colors. Despite being loaded with symbolic value, Johns is more concerned with the physicality of the form: “because what’s interesting to me is the fact that it isn’t designed, but taken. It’s not mine.”

Jasper Johns, “Decoy,” 1971.

Albrecht Dürer the undisputed genius of the Northern Renaissance. We are featuring two of his exceptional engravings in ...
03/16/2022

Albrecht Dürer the undisputed genius of the Northern Renaissance. We are featuring two of his exceptional engravings in the online

See these masterpieces and other Northern Renaissance in our virtual booth before the fair closes tonight! Link in bio.

Dürer, “Coat of Arms with a Skull,“1503, Engraving.

Dürer, “Knight, Death, and the Devil,” 1513, Engraving. - One of Dürer’s three

We are pleased to unveil this incredibly strong impression of Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder, recently acquired...
03/10/2022

We are pleased to unveil this incredibly strong impression of Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder, recently acquired by the gallery, in the Online Print Fair (March 9-16, 2022)! Check out our virtual booth to see more extraordinary works from the German Renaissance. Link in bio.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, «Adam and Eve in Paradise» 1509, Woodcut.

Marching into March with the gallery’s honorary mascot, Beau!Like the gallery’s prints, Beau is a beauty 😍              ...
03/02/2022

Marching into March with the gallery’s honorary mascot, Beau!

Like the gallery’s prints, Beau is a beauty 😍

Happy   ! To celebrate today's special palindrome (2/22/22) we present this dynamic duo by Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso,...
02/22/2022

Happy ! To celebrate today's special palindrome (2/22/22) we present this dynamic duo by Pablo Picasso.

Pablo Picasso, "Les Deux Saltimbanques," 1905, Drypoint before steel facing on medium/heavy laid paper.
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Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy this lovely watercolor by Charles Eisen, drawing-master to Madame de Pompadour, that depict...
02/14/2022

Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy this lovely watercolor by Charles Eisen, drawing-master to Madame de Pompadour, that depicts a romantic garden scene featuring a statue of cupid poised at the ready with his arrow.

Charles Dominique Joseph Eisen, “A Garden with Fountains and a Statue of Cupid,” 18th century, watercolor.

Hans Sebald Beham, “Coat of Arms of Hector Pömer,” 1525, woodcut on laid paper.In this elaborately detailed woodcut prin...
02/09/2022

Hans Sebald Beham, “Coat of Arms of Hector Pömer,” 1525, woodcut on laid paper.

In this elaborately detailed woodcut print, Hans Sebald Beham pays respect to Hector Pömer, an influential member of the Nuremberg clergy during the Reformation. Beham prominently places an escutcheon with the Pömer coat of arms and the gridiron of St. Lawrence - a reference to Pömer’s position as provost of St. Lorenz church. The artist includes St. Lawrence, himself, a venerated Roman martyr and patron saint of the poor and of cooks, standing under an arch. Beham decorates the four corners with smaller escutcheons bearing the arms of Pömer, Rummel, Schmiedmaier and Bergmeister, respectively.

Below the composition is a motto written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin - the Latin phrase translates to: “to the pure [men], all things [are] pure.”

Torquato Tasso's epic poem "La Gerusalemme Liberata", completed in 1575 and published in 1581, provided the inspiration ...
02/04/2022

Torquato Tasso's epic poem "La Gerusalemme Liberata", completed in 1575 and published in 1581, provided the inspiration for this work. Depicted in this scene, originally designed by Anthony van Dyck and reproduced by Pieter de Jode II, is the moment the sorceress Armida puts the crusader Rinaldo into an enchanted sleep. Set during the first crusade, the two soon-to-be lovers are on opposing sides. Armida initially charms the crusader in order to slay him, but love, represented by the surrounding putti, intervenes and she falls in love with him instead. She puts aside her weapon and whisks him away to her magical island so they can be together and leave the war behind. This story of enmity turning to love was popular subject matter for many artists of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Pieter de Jode II, “Rinaldo and Armida (after Anthony van Dyck),” 1644, engraving on two pieces of joined laid paper.

Happy 2/2/22! In keeping with today’s theme here are the Two Musicians!Augustin Quesnel, “Two Musicians: A Man Playing w...
02/02/2022

Happy 2/2/22! In keeping with today’s theme here are the Two Musicians!

Augustin Quesnel, “Two Musicians: A Man Playing with a Guitar and a Woman Playing a Tambourine,” c. 17th century, etching on laid paper.
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Albert Besnard, an important 20th century French painter and printmaker, was initially part of the French Academic schoo...
01/27/2022

Albert Besnard, an important 20th century French painter and printmaker, was initially part of the French Academic school and later was among the founders of the Société Nationale that rejected the conservatism of the academy. Besnard developed a unique style in which he blended his academic training with Impressionism. A recurring subject matter throughout Besnard’s oeuvre is the women’s modern reality. In this velvety print, he depicts a mother and child working together side by side illuminated under a lamp - the only light source in this otherwise shadowy print.

“Everything abstracts itself with equivalents that go from their point of departure to infinity,” wrote Giacomo Balla in...
01/26/2022

“Everything abstracts itself with equivalents that go from their point of departure to infinity,” wrote Giacomo Balla in 1913.

“Vortice” is one of several important studies that Balla created shortly before the First World War, when the artist was refining the dynamics of speed and movement into an abstract synthesis of linear form.

Giacomo Balla, “Vortice,” c. 1913-1914, pencil on paper.

In this print, Abraham Bosse, a renowned etcher based in Paris, provides viewers a glimpse into the life of 17th-century...
01/20/2022

In this print, Abraham Bosse, a renowned etcher based in Paris, provides viewers a glimpse into the life of 17th-century French printmakers. Aptly names “The Etcher’s Press - The Printmaker’s Shop” three male printmakers are busy at work. To the left a man wearing a hat over his long flowing dark hair hunches over his desk preparing a plate. Behind him is a younger man, possibly an apprentice, hard at work bent of over another plate. He holds a cloth in his left hand while he uses his right hand to presumably rub the ground, a waxy substance that the etcher draws upon with a sharp object and later when dipped in acid a chemical reaction occurs that bites the image into the plate. The third young man activates the printing press. He grips the handle and pushes the foot peddle feeding the new sheet through the press. On the back wall six prints are on display. Overhead, hanging from a clothesline, are recent prints in the process of drying.

Bosse achieves a great amount of detail in this etching. He captures the bulging muscles of the the printmakers, the fabric folds in their clothes, the cracks between the bricks in the walls, the grain of the wood beams, and even the suggested scenes of the various prints on display. Bosse’s print serves as a historical document that provides into 17th-century printmaking as well as the menswear of that period.

Abraham Bosse, “The Etcher’s Press - The Printmaker’s Shop,” 1642, etching on laid paper.

Jacques Callot executed this eye-catching equestrian portrait of Louis de Lorraine around the time the Holy Roman Empero...
01/19/2022

Jacques Callot executed this eye-catching equestrian portrait of Louis de Lorraine around the time the Holy Roman Emperor conferred the principality of Phalsbourg to Louis elevating him to a prince.

Born in Nancy, Callot was a native of the Duchy of Lorraine. However, as a young man he left to study art first in Rome and then Florence. There, he was employed in the Medici Court until Cosimo II’s death. The talented printmaker returned to Nancy and may have created this etching as a way to flatter and cultivate potential patrons, such as Louis.

In this flattering portrait, Louis is the embodiment of princely authority. Suited in cavalry armor, wielding a baton while astride a steed, Louis directs the battle that wages across the plain below.

Jacques Callot, “Louis de Lorraine, Prince of Phalsbourg,” ca. 1623, etching and engraving on laid paper.

Like Beham’s weather peasant says, “Es ist kalt weter” (“it is cold weather”) today. Hans Sebald Beham was one the most ...
01/03/2022

Like Beham’s weather peasant says, “Es ist kalt weter” (“it is cold weather”) today. Hans Sebald Beham was one the most important Kleinmeister (Little Masters) of the northern Renaissance. He was celebrated for executing tiny, masterfully detailed engravings often the size of a postage stamp - like this one!

Hans Sebald Beham, “The Weather Peasant “Es Ist Kalt Weter,” 1542, engraving on laid paper, 44 x 28 mm.

Like Beham’s weather peasant says “It is cold weather” today. Hans Sebald Beham was one of the most important Kleinmeist...
01/03/2022

Like Beham’s weather peasant says “It is cold weather” today. Hans Sebald Beham was one of the most important Kleinmeisters (Little Masters) in 16th century Germany. Beham was celebrated for executing tiny, highly detailed engravings, many as small as a postage stamp - like this one!

Hans Sebald Beham, “The Weather Peasant “Es Its Kalt Weter,” 1542, engraving on laid paper, 44 x 28 mm.

2022 is upon us! Wishing you all a Happy New Year!Simone Cantarini, “The Guardian Angel,” c. 17th century, etching.     ...
01/01/2022

2022 is upon us! Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Simone Cantarini, “The Guardian Angel,” c. 17th century, etching.

Since the Renaissance the term “tondo” (“round”) has been used to describe a circular work of art. Today, we present a f...
12/29/2021

Since the Renaissance the term “tondo” (“round”) has been used to describe a circular work of art. Today, we present a fine tondo by Bernardino Capitelli, an Italian painter and etcher of the Baroque period.

Bernardino Capitelli, “The Holy Family at the Table,” etching on laid paper.

From 1622-1629, Capitelli worked in Rome executing prints of sculptures for Cassiano dal Pozzo, the famous Roman patron and collector who created the Paper Museum. The museum was a visual encyclopedia of the natural world; one of the most significant attempts before the age of photography to embrace human knowledge in visual form.

Happy Holidays from us all at David Tunick, Inc! Flemish School, “Winter (Hyems), 16th century, engraving.              ...
12/24/2021

Happy Holidays from us all at David Tunick, Inc!

Flemish School, “Winter (Hyems), 16th century, engraving.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays from David Tunick, Inc! Flemish School, “Winter (Hyems), 16th century, engraving.       ...
12/24/2021

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays from David Tunick, Inc!

Flemish School, “Winter (Hyems), 16th century, engraving.

Today is the Winter Solstice, the first official day of winter! It doesn’t truly feel like winter without ❄️ ⛄️ ❄️      ...
12/21/2021

Today is the Winter Solstice, the first official day of winter! It doesn’t truly feel like winter without ❄️ ⛄️ ❄️ Until the snowfall comes enjoy this beautiful print of fresh fallen snow cover La rue Saint Vincent in Montmartre, Paris, France by Alfredo Müller.

Müller specialized in color etching that he occasionally mixed with aquatint as seen in this rare winter landscape print. The landscape genre was a tablet of Müller’s and appears in the majority of his paintings and in multiple prints. Born in Livorno and trained in Florence, he moved to Paris in 1888 where he was exposed to Impressionism. The critic Mario Tinti credited Müller for introducing the luminism of Monet into Italian art.

Hana Kvapilová (1860-1907) was the preeminent Czech actress of her time. Immensely popular, she was admired both as a na...
12/16/2021

Hana Kvapilová (1860-1907) was the preeminent Czech actress of her time. Immensely popular, she was admired both as a national treasure and as a major force in advocating for women to be afforded more prominence in Czech theater. In this poster for the 1899 production of Recitace, artist Arnost Hofbauer cleverly employs the mirror as a device so that Kvapilová can return the viewer’s gaze. Like many Art Nouveau artists, Hofbauer was influenced by the Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) that had captured the imagination of the Impressionists and other European artists. Traces of this influence can be detected in the bold curvilinear shapes and flat stylization in this poster.

Arnost Hofbauer, “Hana Kvapilová Recitace,” 1899, Color lithograph.

Winter is upon us! It’ll soon be time to strap on some skates and hit the ice like these fine folk Jan van de Velde II d...
12/01/2021

Winter is upon us! It’ll soon be time to strap on some skates and hit the ice like these fine folk Jan van de Velde II depicts in his winter landscape etching.

Jan van de Velde II was a Dutch printmaker renowned for his landscape scenes of Haarlem and its surrounding countryside. He developed his motifs, like the skaters, from his en plein air sketches. Within his prints he captured the unique characteristics of the Dutch landscape like it’s vast sky and low horizon line. His naturalistic style gave the viewers the sense that they were transported into the very scene.

Jan van de Velde II inspired many artists including Rembrandt. Rembrandt’s famous landscape painting, “The Stone Bridge” (1638) borrows heavily from van de Velde’s “Skaters on a River” (1616).

Jan van de Velde, “Winter Landscape with Skaters on a Ditch,” 17th century, etching.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels on your journeys to see friends and family!David Cox, “Journey Hom...
11/24/2021

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels on your journeys to see friends and family!

David Cox, “Journey Home,” 1833, Watercolor.

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