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Altered States: Etching in Late 19th-Century Paris

In late 19th-century Paris, the printmaking process of etching underwent a revolutionary transformation. At a time when prints were usually made as copies of paintings rather than as original works of art, a revival of interest in etching led to greater knowledge of technique, allowing artists to experiment with subject matter and process more than ever before. This exhibition features works on paper by well-known artists such as Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, as well as those lesser known today, including Albert Besnard and Henri Guérard, and features several new acquisitions to the RISD Museum’s collection.

The exhibition is complemented by the online publication Altered States: Etching in Late 19th-Century Paris, made possible by a grant from The IFPDA Foundation.
Relevant research areas: Western Europe, 19th Century, Etching
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