One of the most glorious and creative periods in the history of color printmaking occurred in eighteenth-century France. Newly invented engraving and etching techniques were combined with new ways of printing a single image from multiple plates, allowing printmakers to replicate a broad palette of colors using variants of only four: blue, red, yellow and black. The resulting prints were so believable that they were often called 'printed paintings' and 'engraved drawings'.
The names of the masters who pioneered these techniques are largely only familiar to scholars and collectors, but the artists whose compositions they copied include some of the greatest talents of the period - Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard and Boilly all feature, along with many others.
One of very few books available in English on the subject, this publication is an indispensable addition to the literature on this topic. Reproducing all the featured prints in color for the first time, the images are supported by a range of scholarly essays.
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Table of ContentsColor printmaking before 1730, Margaret Morgan Grasselli
'An exact copy acquired at little expense': marketing color prints in 18th-century France, Kristel Smentek
Ink and inspiration: the craft of color printing, Judith C. Walsh
A collector's perspective, Ivan Phillips
Paper used in the prints: watermarks and observations, Lehua Fisher and Judith C. Walsh