Mario Avati “La Clarté Du Matin Chinois” Mezzotint C.1991

Mario Avati “La Clarté Du Matin Chinois” Mezzotint C.1991


Dimensions: 19″W x 0.1″D x 15″H
Period: Late 20th Century
Styles: Asian Modern,Danish Modern,Modern,Organic Modern
Place of Origin: Western Europe
Materials: Etching,Mezzotint,Paper
Condition: Vintage / Antique / Used, Original Condition Unaltered, No Imperfections
Condition Notes: Fine original condition.
Art Subject: Still Life

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Mario Avati 1921-2009

Stunning limited edition mezzotint etching by noted mezzotint master Mario Avati.

Titled “La Clarté du matin chinois” c.1991

From a very limited edition. This is numbered 57/85.

Pencil signed, dated and numbered by the artist.

Dimensions 15″ x 11.5″. The paper measures 19″ x 15″.

Very good vintage condition. A rare find.

Mario Avati was the last of the great trio of mezzotint masters, which included K. Hasegawa and Y. Hamaguchi. Together they gave new life to this most demanding medium*, which now counts hundreds of artists throughout the world.

*M.C. Escher, who produced 8 mezzotints between 1946 and 1951, said he stopped because the process was “too difficult.”

In mezzotint, a copper plate is “rocked” with a curved, notched blade until the surface is entirely pitted. At this stage, an inked plate would print a rich, uniform black. The artist then uses a scraper or burnisher to flatten the raised parts, a little for dark grays, a lot for light grays, completely for white (after inking and wiping, the plate holds no ink where it is smooth). Colors are achieved by similarly working one or more supplementary plates.

Be sure to use archival materials when framing to protect this art treasure for the decades to come.