Etching Prints For Sale

Discover etching prints for sale online today. Our collection includes etching landscape prints, etching portraits and map prints. Shop today to discover artwork by international contemporary artists and find the perfect new addition for your home or workplace.

London-based printmaker Victoria Achache uses a technique called Chine-Collé to bring blocks of colour to her characterful etchings. Her works, such as Woman in Blue, are characterised by her minimalist style, using only a few colours such as the vivid blue for the subject’s dress against a simple pink and green backdrop.

Guy Allen's limited edition animal etchings retain the art form’s traditional density. In Hares II, Allen’s etching captures the glossy coats and flexing muscles of his two fighting hares. The pair, however, could be dancing and their regal elegance is exacerbated by the strip of gold that has been woven into the cloudless landscape behind them.

The Etching Process

The artist first draws on a copper or zinc “plate” that has been prepared with a special wax-like liquid called “ground” before immersing the plate in acid or a copper-sulphate solution which marks the lines into the metal. The plate is then cleaned, dried and the ground is removed with a solvent, revealing the drawn lines underneath. Ink is then forced into the etched lines and finally the plate is passed through a press, with the pressure transferring the leftover ink onto paper to create the etching. The plate can be re-inked in order to create as many etchings as the artist requires.

Etching History

Although etching was used in the 14th century for decorating metal, historians believe it was not used for printmaking until much later. It’s thought the technique had only been around for twenty years by the time Albrecht Dürer discovered the technology in the sixteenth century. The German artist turned out to be skilled at the process, creating dense and powerful prints such as his dark and detailed Knight, Death, and the Devil. His work became an advert for the technique and it is thought Dürer largely contributed to etching’s popularity which continues today.

Four centuries later, another German-born painter became a champion of etching prints. Lucien Freud used the technique to subject the human form to new scrutiny. Although he did not act like a conventional printmaker, instead standing the plate upright on an easel while etching, as if he was working on canvas. His portraits and nudes in this style are set against empty backgrounds in order to provide uninterrupted focus on his figures which were composed from a meticulous web of carefully etched lines and patches of shadow.

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    Landscape 2012 by Victoria Achache
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    Landscape 2012 by Victoria Achache

    Landscape 2012

    Prints - 57x74 cmRent for $100 /mo
    Les cigales by Emmanuelle Mason
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    Les cigales by Emmanuelle Mason

    Les cigales

    Prints - 15x20 cm
    The Toad by Salvador Dali
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    The Toad by Salvador Dali

    The Toad

    Prints - 54x41 cm
    Two Women III by Pablo Picasso
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    Two Women III by Pablo Picasso

    Two Women III

    Prints - 33x45 cm
    Lost Magic Kingdoms by Mychael Barratt
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    Lost Magic Kingdoms by Mychael Barratt

    Lost Magic Kingdoms

    Prints - 62x60 cmRent for $75 /mo
    Demolishing the Myth by Lilla Szekely
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    Demolishing the Myth by Lilla Szekely

    Demolishing the Myth

    Prints - 18x28 cm
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    Dawn holding off the sky by Tania Rutland

    Dawn holding off the sky

    Prints - 25x25 cmRent for $35 /mo
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    Together by Kevin Jackson

    Together

    Prints - 25x30 cm
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    Paris in Soho by Mitsushige Nishiwaki

    Paris in Soho

    Prints - 75x84 cm
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    Concrete Skyline by Bianca MacCall

    Concrete Skyline

    Prints - 21x14 cmRent for $65 /mo
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    Interior No.87 by Jaco Putker

    Interior No.87

    Prints - 50x65 cm
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    Aria II by Rosie Emerson

    Aria II

    Prints - 56x38 cmRent for $60 /mo
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    Woman Swimming by Victoria Achache

    Woman Swimming

    Prints - 75x92 cmRent for $120 /mo

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