Prints and Printmaking: An Introduction to the History and Techniques

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University of California Press, 1996 - Art - 160 pages
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A print is a pictorial image that has been produced by a process that enables it to be multiplied, and many of the best-known works by some of the world's greatest artists are prints. Yet little is understood about this popular art form. Now Antony Griffiths provides an excellent introduction for anyone who wishes to acquire a basic understanding of prints and printmaking. In succinct and lucid language, he explains the different printmaking techniques and shows both details and whole prints to demonstrate the effects that can be achieved. Woodcuts, engraving, etching, mezzotint, and lithography are among the many processes explained, illustrated, and placed within a historical context.
This fully revised and updated edition of the highly praised 1980 British publication is available for the first time in the United States. With its complete glossary, index, and helpful illustrations, Griffiths's book is the essential foundation for an intelligent appreciation of the printmaker's art.
 

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Even from the first sentence everything is correct and intriguingly truthful.

Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
7
Relief Printing Processes
13
Intaglio Printing Processes
31
Lithography
100
Screenprinting
109
Colour Printing
113
Photomechanical Reproduction Processes
121
Catalogues of Prints Books about Printmaking and the History of Prints
128
Abbreviations and Lettering
134
Index
157
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Antony Griffiths is Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. He is the co-author of Avant-Garde British Printmaking, 1914-1960 and German Printmaking in the Age of Goethe. He is the editor of Landmarks in Print Collecting: Connoisseurs and Donors at the British Museum since 1753.

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