Bloemen in Koperen Vijzel (Flowers in a brass vase) by Barbara Elisabeth van Houten

Bloemen in Koperen Vijzel (Flowers in a brass vase) by Barbara Elisabeth van Houten

Bloemen in Koperen Vijzel (Flowers in a brass vase)

Barbara Elisabeth van Houten

Title

Bloemen in Koperen Vijzel (Flowers in a brass vase)

 
Artist
Year
1889  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
11 9/16 x 7 7/8" platemark 
Signature
initialled in plate, lower left 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
 
Reference
Dutch Etching Club publication of 1889, No. 4. 
Paper
antique-white laid 
State
published 
Publisher
Dutch Etching Club 
Inventory ID
20598 
Price
$250.00 
Description

Dutch printmaker Barbera Van Houten was a member of the Dutch Etching Club in 1880 and participated in their exhibitions in Holland. This expressive etching was published by the Dutch Etching Club in 1889 and was print number 4 in the portfolio of that year. As was common at the time the print is initialled in the lower left corner and not pencil signed.

She uses cross-hatching which is bitten deeply in order to achieve the intense black. This print is far from "pretty" and if the viewer takes the time to adjust the details and structure of the composition begin to appear out of the blackness.