Christopher Le Brun PRA

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In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Christopher Le Brun PRA born 1951
Etching on paper
Image: 175 × 130 mm
Presented by the artist and Charles Booth-Clibborn 1991

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These prints belong to the portfolio 'Fifty Etchings'. In executing them LeBrun used a range of techniques. These include: silverpoint and drypoint (to create fine and furred lines by incising the plate directly using pointed tools), etching (in which a wax ground is scratched by a needle-like tool to create more fluid lines), aquatint (to create rich tonal effects), soft ground (a pencil pressed onto paper covering a soft wax ground produces a soft, printed line), and spit bite (in which the plate is bitten by acid brushed on directly). The resulting printed images are often densely layered with strong tonal contrasts. Le Brun contributed an essay to the Morandi exhibition catalogue.

Gallery label, August 2004

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