Toulous Lautrecs obituary in the Journal de Paris said "He did not overturn reality to discover truth,
where there was nothing. He contented himself with looking. He did not see, as many do, what we seem to be, but what we are. Then, with a sureness of hand and a boldness at once sensitive and firm, he revealed
us to ourselves....fixed forever by the artist's pitiless pencil." He was one of the most influential printmakers of the 19th century. Visit the Paris & Printmaking site and discuss what was meant by his obituary.
There are many different printmaking processes that all result in unique visions. Visit the Printmaking Artists website and select two artists working in the same media. Compare and contrast their work.
Surimono is a type of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Visit the Surimono website
and discuss how these prints differ from ukiyo-e prints. Discuss how they are made.
Mutli-colour printmaking is a very difficult process and has gone through many changes over the past
250 years. Visit Turn of Century Woodblock Revival
and compare and contrast the work of E.A. Verpilleux with Arthur Wesley Dow.
M.C. Escher is known for his prints that incorporate tesselations. Visit his site
and discuss the use of unique shapes and their importance in composition.
Lithography was invented in the 19th century out of a need to produce copies of a source image, of
good quality and at a low cost. Daumier and Toulous Lautrec were two early practitioners of this media.
Visit the Daumier website
and the Lautrec site
and compare and contrast the artists use of lithography.
Andy Warhol brought silkscreening into the world of fine art. Visit the Warhol site
and discuss his choice of media in conjunction with his style.
Albrecht Dürer was a Renaissance artist that used engraving most effectively. View his engravings
at Web Museum, Paris
and select two in different media. How do his wood engravings compare with his copper engravings? Why?