When Printmaking Became an Art


I’ve long admired the brilliant artists at the turn of the twentieth century in Paris who explored printmaking to produce such extraordinary works of art. Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Bonnard, and Vuillard are among those who transformed a process that had been used primarily to reproduce existing paintings into an art form of its own. These innovative artists combined etching, engraving and other specialized techniques to create original prints, usually produced in small quantities. Later, some of these evocative works were reproduced as posters, theater programs, and in books and magazines, which is how many of us know them today.

This volume is based on a collection at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and it presents a fascinating history of the period, as well as lovingly reproduced examples of the finest Parisian printmaking. Paging through this book takes you back to an exciting time when brilliant artists started a revolution that created some of the artwork we most treasure today.


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