Toulouse-Lautrec's 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 nineteenth century. Visit the Paris & Printmaking site and discuss what was meant by this obituary.
There are many different printmaking processes that all result in unique visions. Visit the Printmaking Artists Web site and select two artists working in the same media. Compare and contrast their work.
Surimono are a type of traditional Japanese woodblock print. Visit the Surimono Web site and discuss how these prints differ from ukiyo-e prints. Discuss how they are made.
Multicolor 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 nineteenth century out of a need to produce copies of a source image, of good quality and at low cost. Daumier and Toulouse-Lautrec were two early practitioners of this medium. Visit the Daumier Web site and the Toulouse-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 who used engraving most effectively. View his engravings at WebMuseum, Paris and select two in different media. How do his wood engravings compare with his copper engravings? Why?