Catalogue of heliogravure etchings by Amand Durand from 1880.
goldmark Amand Durand Master Engraver (1831-1905) In 1880, Philip Gilbert Hamerton, the great expert on etching published a series of old master etchings. He announced: they are copies etched on copper made by M. Amand Durandâ€™s process of heliogravure, and printed as ordinary etchings. They are of the same size as the originals, which they resemble very closely, and are incomparably superior to poor impressions from the original plates themselves. Amand Durand was born in Paris where he lived and worked for the whole of his life and was widely considered as one of the leading engravers of his time. He became a master engraver early in his career and also developed an abiding interest in Old Master prints of the 15th to 17th centuries. In particular he greatly admired the etchings of Rembrandt and he spent many years searching for the finest first and second state examples. Amand Durand wished to reproduce the etchings and engravings of great artists and, rather than use their original old and worn out printing plates, he developed the heliogravure process of printmaking whereby he etched copies onto copper plates and printed them as etchings. His resulting prints were greatly superior to images taken from original worn plates and as early as 1872 a writer in the Dutch art journal De Kunstkronijk wrote of them, the fidelity of the reproduction has been carried to an astonishing height. Durandâ€™s etchings were also highly regarded by Theo Van Gogh, the art dealer and brother of the artist Vincent Van Gogh, who in turn became appreciative of Amand Durandâ€™s talent. Today his etchings are to be found in many important public print collections including the Louvre and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. FRANCESCO PRIMATICCIO Heliogravure belongs to the same family of intaglio printing techniques as engraving, etching and aquatint. Invented in the early 19th century by Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, the process uses a photochemical procedure for transfering an image to a copper plate. Printed by hand in limited quantities, each print is considered an original, and its value is accordingly assured. 1. Francesco Primaticcio Francesco Primaticcio (1505-1570) – Painter & Architect Although born in Bologna Primaticcio was in fact active in France from 1532 onwards where he became the most influential Italian artist of the 16th century. He was also a talented stuccoist and, along with Rosso Fiorentino, he developed the Fontainebleau School style of interior decoration. Two Studies of a Draped Female Figure etching 18.7 x 11.5 cm £350 ℡ 01572 821424 REMBRANDT 2. Rembrandt Abraham's Sacrifice etching 15.2 x 13 cm ÂŁ450 REMBRANDT 3. Rembrandt Beggars at the Door of a House etching 16.5 x 12.5 cm ÂŁ500 Prices include frame, vat & uk delivery REMBRANDT 4. Rembrandt The Huntsman etching 12.5 x 15 cm ÂŁ375 REMBRANDT 5. Rembrandt Rembrandt Drawing etching 15.5 x 13 cm ÂŁ450 www.artistsprints.com PAUL POTTER 6. Paul Potter The Cow with the Near Horn Crooked etching 9.6 x 13.5 cm ÂŁ250 PAUL POTTER 7. Paul Potter Paul Potter (1625-1654) – Painter & Printmaker Potter was one of the foremost Dutch animal painters of the 17th century being especially renowned for his detailed depictions of horses and cattle in highly naturalistic landscapes and farmyard settings. His work was much collected in Britain and France during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Bull etching 10.5 x 13.8 cm £250 ℡ 01572 821424 CLAUDE LORRAIN 8. Claude Lorrain The Herdsman (Le Bouvier) etching 12.5 x 19 cm ÂŁ200 CLAUDE LORRAIN 9. Claude Lorrain Claude Lorrain (1604-1682) â€“ Painter & Printmaker Although French born Lorrain spent most of his creative career in Italy. Often considered the greatest of all arcadian, ideal landscape painters where that term meant the creation of an image of nature more beautiful and ordered than nature itself. The Sunset (Le Soleil Couchant) etching 12.5 x 19.2 cm ÂŁ200 Prices include frame, vat & uk delivery ZEEMAN 10. Zeeman Dutch Spritsail Sloops etching 12.5 x 19.9 cm £250 Reiner Nooms [Zeeman] – (c.1623-1664) – Painter & Printmaker Born in Amsterdam Zeeman spent much of his early life as a sailor and therefore it is perhaps unsurprising that this self-taught artist depicted mainly seascapes and coastal views. His assumed name Zeeman is the Dutch word for seaman. BERGHEM 11. Berghem Nicholaes Berchem [Berghem] – (1620-1683) – Painter & Printmaker Berghem was one of the most versatile and talented Dutch artists of the 17th century. Although considered a Dutch Italianate artist most of his work depicts his native landscapes and scenes. He produced around 50 etchings, mostly of animal subjects. The Ass etching 11.5 x 16.6 cm £250 www.artistsprints.com KAREL DU JARDIN 12. Karel Du Jardin Goat, Sheep and Shepherd etching 14 x 13 cm £200 Karel Du Jardin (1626-1678) – Painter & Printmaker Little is known of Du Jardin’s early life but he painted Italianate style landscapes throughout his career. His career as an etcher dates from the 1650s when he published prints of animals, shepherds and pastoral scenes. He produced about 50 etchings. JACOB VAN RUYSDAEL 13. Jacob van Ruisdael Jacob van Ruisdael (1629-1682) – Painter & Printmaker Ruisdael is often considered to be the finest Dutch landscape painter of the second half of the 17th century. He was uninterested in Italianate ideal landscapes and is noted for naturalistic compositions of diverse landscape types. The Group of Three Oaks etching 12.1 x 14.4 cm £200 ℡ 01572 821424 CHARLES MÉRYON 14. Charles Méryon Le Stryge etching 15.6 x 11.5 cm £350 Charles Méryon (1821-1868) – Printmaker As a young man he travelled widely in western Europe and around the Mediterranean and on his return received drawing lessons in Toulon. There he developed his elegant precision of line which is evident in his prints of buildings and topographical views. Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9SQ, 01572 821424 Open Monday to Saturday 9.30-5.30, Sunday 2.30-5.30 and Bank Holidays www.goldmarkart.com email@example.com