Masque japonais, La Peur
Maker and role
Artist: Henri Guérard, French, 1846-1897
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Guérard's prints reveal just how experimental nineteenth century French printmakers could be. Instead of using a square or rectangular copper etching plate, Henri Guérard actually used a plate in the shape of the Japanese mask he represents. Further playing around with the tools in the printmaker's toy box, he first inked the plate as a relief print. In other words, the ink was left on the surface of the plate, not in the etched lines that appear white in the variant impression.