What is a multi-color Intaglio?
Color intaglio prints are usually created with multiple plates, in much the same way as multiple blocks are used to create color woodcuts. It is also possible to add color by hand (or more accurately by finger) to selected areas of a plate before it is printed. This technique is called à la poupée.
Original Etching Print is an Original Artwork:
The Print Council of America issued a guide establishing a criteria for an original etching print:
- The artist alone must create the master image on the stone, or whatever material would be used to make the print.
- The print - if not printed by the artist- should be hand printed by someone under the artist's direct supervision.
- Each impression should be approved and signed by the artist and the master image (the matrix) destroyed or cancelled. The original print is not a copy of anything else, not a copy of a painting or another print. If an artist chooses to copy his own work, originally done in another medium, it would be a print done after an oil (or other medium). An original print is a creative endeavor by the artist and therefore is as valid an expression as is any other form of visual art - may it be a painting or a sculpture. The original print is a work of art in it's own right.