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Light to Dark/Dark to Light: Mezzotints

Invented in the 17th century, mezzotints are created with the use of a special tool called a rocker, which creates tiny pits in the plate that combine to create tonality. These tonalities can be achieved by roughening select areas of a blank plate in an additive light to dark methodology or by roughening the plate evenly and then burnishing out lighter areas in a subtractive dark to light manner. This process produces prints with varying degrees of mid-tones between black and white; hence the term mezzotint, which is Italian for "half-tone."

 

Mezzotint prints remain most well known for their quality and richness. In fact, the process was especially popular in eighteenth century England for the reproduction of paintings. During the 19th and 20th century, artists also began experimenting further with the process, particularly in the creation of illustrations and original works of art.

 

One can see this chronology in this exhibition, which features a variety of beautiful, attractive and reasonably priced classic and contemporary mezzotints. Please let us know if you have any questions or are interested in more information on any of the works of art featured here.

Hon. Mrs. Parker after Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)

By

Thomas Watson

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"Mrs. Frederick," after Hamilton

By

Robert Laurie

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Book 1, Line 192: Satan on the Burning Lake

By

John Martin

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Le Matin (Morning)

By

James Jacques Tissot

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Little White Girl, after James Whistler

By

Clifford Adams

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Red Diamond

By

Carlos Davila

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Green Light

By

Carlos Davila

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The Phoenix

By

Byron Bratt

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Piano and Violin

By

Kazuhisa Honda

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untitled (Still Life with Cup and Horn)

By

Tomoe Yokoi

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Strawberries and Apple

By

Tomoe Yokoi

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Wine Bottle

By

Tomoe Yokoi

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Le vase orange

By

Laurent Schkolnyk

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Collection

By

Laurent Schkolnyk

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Jeux d'amour

By

Laurent Schkolnyk

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Gladioli

By

Shigenu Narikawa

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The Shop Where You Cannot Buy the Time

By

Sonja Lamut

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Expected Time

By

Sonja Lamut

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