Augustus Saint Gaudens II (Saint Gaudens and his Model), Anders Zorn
Etching and drypoint, roughly 5 x 8 inches (14 x 20 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; downloadable large image on Wikimedia Commons
Zorn is one of my favorite etchers (after only Rembrandt and Whistler), and his mastery shows here in his portrait of his friend, Irish/American sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens.
In a tour-de-force of etching chiaroscuro, Saint Gaudens’ face is revealed in half light, and the figure of his model emerges gradually from the background darkness. Zorn’s seemingly casual lines sweep across the figures in sections that vary in direction and textural effect.
Zorn has not used aquatint here, the gray tones appear to be achieved by the way the print was inked and wiped.
For more, see my post on Anders Zorn’s etchings.
Anders Zorn's etchings
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