Drypoint inspiration

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See Drypoint technique

for a discussion of my own drypoint prints and techniques.

Some printmakers who have used drypoint

Drypoint Pinterest Board

Drypoint technique appears to have been invented by the Housebook Master, a south German 15th-century artist, all of whose prints are in drypoint only. See google images of his prints.

  • Albrecht Dürer produced 3 drypoints before abandoning the technique (Google images)
  • Rembrandt used drypoint frequently, but usually in conjunction with etching and engraving. (Google images)
  • Alex Katz used drypoint with aquatint  to create several of his famous works, such as “Sunny” and “The Swimmer”.
  • Mary Cassatt used drypoint and aquatint with various colours.
  • Pablo Picasso, 1909, Two Nude Figures (Deux figures nues), steel-faced drypoint on Arches laid paper, 13 x 11 cm
  • David Brown Milne is credited as the first to produce coloured drypoints by the use of multiple plates, one for each colour. (See Google images)
  • Louise Bourgeois produced powerful autobiographical images in drypoint.

Contemporary printmakers whose drypoints I very much admire include:

Bibliography

Adler, K., (2006) Mary Cassatt: Prints, London: National Gallery.

Bikker, J., Webber, G. J. M., Wiesman, M. W. & Hinterding, E., (2014) Rembrandt: the late works, London: National Gallery.

Cohen, J. (ed.) (1995) Picasso: Inside the Image, London: Thames & Hudson.

Coppel, S., (1998) Picasso and Printmaking in Paris, London: South BGank Publishing.

Griffiths, A., (1980) Prints and Printmaking: An introduction to the history and techniques, London: British Museum Press.

Malbert, R., (2016) Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical prints, London: Hayward Publishing.

Marquis, A., (2018) Marcellin Desboutin, Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum.

Martin, J., (1993) The Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques, London: Quarto Publishing.

Muller-Westermann, I. (ed.) (2015) Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back, Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag.

Salamon, F., (1972) The History of Prints and Printmaking from Durer to Picasso: A guide to collecting, New York, Sat Louis, San Francisco: American Heritage Press.

Stobart, J., (2001) Printmaking for Beginners, London: A&C Black.

Wye, D., (2017) Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, New York: MoMA.