Negative impression of Masque japonais, La Peur

Maker and role
Artist: Henri Guérard, French, 1846-1897
before 1888
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plate, 4 1/4 x 3 1/2in (10.8 x 8.9cm)
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Gift of Armstrong Fine Art in honor of the 60th anniversary of the McNay Art Museum
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Henri Guérard, whom Edouard Manet called the greatest etcher of his day, was a leading proponent of Japanese art. Much of his art, like Masque Japonais, a study of a Japanese theatrical mask, deals with specific Japanese motifs and subjects.

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.
Henri Guerard, 1846-1897: L'Oeuvre Grave; Claudie Bertin; 1975; p. 359; 405
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V:\Object Documentation\Prints\2014.100.2 Guerard\Henri Guerard L'Oeuvre Grave 1975.pdf


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