Happy New Year

I wish Happy and Lucky New Year to my readers!

Gácsi Mihály
Happy New Year (BÚÉK), 1978
etching, paper
140 × 90 mm

Image source: www.museen-sh.de

Merry Christmas!

Gross Arnold: Kis Karácsony
color etching, paper
80 × 140 mm

Rembrandt van Rijn

Although I've written about Rembrandt, to study his etchings it's not unavailing. Over 300 pieces of his etching-oeuvre are almost seems to exhaust all possibilities, from drawing like pen sketches to the well edited pictorial compositions, from the prints with clean white backgrounds to the tonal ones.

St. Gerome (unfinished), 1653
etching, paper
297 × 277 mm

Szabados Árpád

Szabados Árpád hungarian painter, graphic artist Munkácsy-prize, rewarding artist. He uses many techniques, in his oeuvre you can find works made with ink, pencil, color pencil and chalk such as etchings and linocut prints.

vulcan (probe), 1969
etching, paper
205 × 250 mm

Feledy Gyula

Feledy Gyula (1928 - 2010) Kossuth-prize graphic artist, great artist. He started to create the Miskolc Graphic Workshop and the Hungarian Graphic Biennale series.

Pigeon, 1960
etching, paper
200 × 245 mm

Exhibition: Kecskeméti Képzőművészeti Szabadiskola

The Kecskeméti Képzőművészeti Szabadiskola annual exhibition in Katona József Library. Opening ceremony: 17 december 2011. 17 o'clock. We welcome everyone, especially the readers of the Etchingfitness! : )

Katona József Könyvtár
6000 Kecskemét,
Piaristák tere 8.

17 december 2011 - 31 december 2011 (T - Sat: 14-18 o'clock)


A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of units that can be read the same way in either direction. Thanks to my father there is a unique palindrom in hungarian.

"Ó rézmetszet tesztem zéró"
"Oh my engraving test is zero"

Kathe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz (1867 – 1945) was a German painter, printmaker. Her empathy for the less fortunate, expressed most famously through the graphic means of drawing, etching, lithography, and woodcut, embraced the victims of poverty, hunger, and war.

Revolt, 1897
etching, paper
296 × 236 mm

Artist of the month: Würtz Ádám

Würtz Ádám (1927 – 1994) hungarian graphic artist, illustrator.

Anyone who knows Würtz Ádám's art, he will recognize the Transdanubian folk inspiration, that fantastic tales, those little villages which are nested at the foot of gentle hills, those grotesque drawings which came from the folk art.

"I draw, therefore I am, I can say that, because since I have remembered, I'd always draw."

(Würtz Ádám)

Saint Nicholas Day

Thomas Nast
Santa Claus
etching, paper

Other Techniques: Gustave Baumann

Gustave Baumann (1881 - 1971) was a printmaker and painter, and one of the leading figures of the color woodcut revival in America. In Santa Fe, Baumann became known as a master of woodcuts and marionette-making. Below there are a few sheets from the "In The Hills o' Brown" series.

The Press, 1910-14
color woodcut, paper
229 × 335 mm

Almássy Aladár

Little book from Almássy Aladár.

Book source: issuu.com

God's dice

Another print from the God's dice series. Only one missing.

God's dice VI., 2011
etching, paper
79 × 79 mm

Exhibition: Gross Arnold

Gross Arnold

Exhibition in the Bon Milart Café from Gross Arnold etchings at 26 november 2011. from 16 o'clock . After the opening ceremony the artist dedicates.

Bon MilArt Café
Budapest II. ker.
Keleti Károly u. 12.

26 november 2011. saturday 16 o'clock

Image source: www.olvassbele.hu

Conrád Gyula

Conrád Gyula (1877 - 1959) hungarian graphic artist, painter. He was create much works in all the printmaking thechniques, from woodcut to etching. He was print all of his plates by his hand.

At the riverside
rézkarc, papír

God's dice

Yesterday I finished two etching for the "God's dice" series.

God's dice V.,2011
etching, paper
79 × 79 mm

God's dice III., 2011
rézkarc, papír
79 × 79 mm

Other Techniques: Zichy Mihály
The Tragedy of Man

The Idea to illustrate Madách Imre's 1860 published work was came up in the summer of 1885. In this time the newspapers wrote that Zichy got a two month holiday from the czar, to draw the illustrations for The Tragedy of Man. At the first time he only drawed 15 artworks, which were exhibited in the Műcsarnok in 1886.

One year later in 1888 another gift edition were published with all the 20 drawings. The readership and the citic were also impressed. In spite of illustration were very extensive and popular from the 1850's, this was the first time that Zichy made a series for a hungarian literature.

I. scene In the heaven
Lucifer and God, 1885
drawing charcoal, papír
790 × 503 mm

You there, Lucifer, proudly standing apart,
No word of praise from you? Are you still silent?
Does something in my work, perhaps, displease you?

Exhibition: Hommage á Katona József

The Kecskemét Katona József Society and the Kecskemét Cultural and Conferece Center  made a graphic exhibition 220. anniversary of Katona József birth between 11. november 2011. and 4. december to commemorate the famous poet. The exhibition can be viewed at the Kecskemét Cultural and Conferece Center.

Kecskeméti Kulturális és Konferencia Központ
6000 Kecskemét,
Deák Ferenc tér 1.
tel.: 06 76 503 880
e-mail: efmk@efmk.hu

11 november 2011  - 4. december 2011.
Opening ceremony: 10.  november 2011. 1700

Text source: www.efmk.hu

Tarjáni Simkovics Jenő

Tarjáni Simkovics Jenő (1895 - 1995) main caracter of the 20. century modern Hungarian graphic art, significant painter and great etcher, member of the "big etching generation".

Annuska, 1926
etching, paper
70 × 75 mm

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (1928 - 2000) Austrian architect, painter, printmaker. He never make prints with a large serial number. His works contains more variety of colors, and the whole series get the number.

"If someone who hear the word etching would think of the black and white or pale-colored prints, just look at the graphics of Hundertwasser."

Wiesenmann, 1974
color etching, aquatint, paper
320 × 244 mm

Book review: Piranesi

Luigi Ficacci:
Piranesi's fantastic worlds
The great 18th century architectural artist and master engraver

Publisher: TASCHEN
Year: 2011
Content: 792 pages
Language: English, French, German

One of the greatest architectural artists of all time, and certainly the most famous copper engraver of the 18th century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) is best known for his terrifyingly original series of etchings of labyrinthine and megalomaniac prisons, Carceri d'Invenzione. In his own day, he was most celebrated for his Vedute, 137 etchings of ancient and modern Rome; so renowned were these startling and dramatic chiaroscuro images, imbued with Piranesi's romantic feeling for archaeological ruins, that they formed the mental picture of Rome for generations after. Indeed, Piranesi could be said to have shaped a whole strain of contemporary architecture, as well as the wider visualization of antiquity itself. In our time, he has had a direct influence on writers such as Borges and Kafka and on filmmakers such as Terry Gilliam and Peter Greenaway.

"An artistic homage to a genius."
- Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurt

Image and text source: www.taschen.com

Illustrations of Hincz Gyula

The exhibition was opened in the Vaci Depository at 14 October 2010, titled "Hincz Gyula forgotten artworks". This exhibition is the contiuation of this series, where we can explores various pieces of Hincz's oeuvre.

Hincz illustrated hundreds of books from the 1940s faithfully followed Babits idea that "... the drawing is not a translator of the poet's work: it completes: Because it tells you what the poet can't."

Generations have been raised up reading these children's books (Weöres Sándor: Bóbita, Zimzizim, Radnóti Miklós: Esti mosolygás, etc) created by the visual world. Latter he said: "I ​​feel I can't start visual education early enough . Therefore, I'm gladly I can illustrate these books for childrens. "

Váci Értéktár, exhibition hall
Vác, Köztársaság út 19.
Tel: 06 27513482

28 October 2011 - 22 January 2012

Source: ertektar.vac.hu

Edvi Illés Aladár

Edvi Illés Aladár (1870 - 1958) Munkácsy-prize painter, printmaker, teacher. Székely Bertalan's pupil from 1888 to 1893 in the "budapesti mintarajziskola" (Drawing School of Budapest). The main caracter of the Hungarian aquarell painting. His etchings are also great.

etching, paper

Orosz István

Since some weeks I am industrious, productive and innovative. Above all I am on the track of a quite different and another type of impossible figure,. I can see it for my inner sight. It mixes up what is near and distant in an overwhelming way.. I hope that I perhaps will carry out and realize this "discovery". I have gone through series of trials and errors, but not yet achieved a "credible" result. When I will succeed, perhaps I will be able to draw an inside out Eiffel tower

Text and image source: utisz-utisz.blogspot.com

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh's only etching.

Portrait of Doctor Gachet, 1890
etching, paper
180 x 150 mm

Image source: www.wellcome.ac.uk

Artist of the month: Szalay Lajos

Szalay Lajos (1909 - 1995) famous Kossuth awarded hungarian graphic artist, the innovator of the 20th century hungarian drawing art.

“Probably the next greatest graphic artist in the world is a Hungarian by the name Lajos Szalay.”
(Pablo Picasso)

Ex-libris signs

Vén Zoltán
probably etching, paper

The first list of symbols of techniques used in creating and printing ex-libris was adopted in 1958 at the Barcelona Congress of FISAE. However, a major revision was needed.
A revised list, given below, was adopted at the XXIX Congress, Frederikshavn DK, in August 2002.

A basic subdivision enables even relatively uninformed collectors to observe an ex-libris and determine in which of the three categories it belongs:
Intaglio - The ink is deposited from the grooves of the plate
Relief - The ink is deposited from the reliefs of the plate
Flatbed/stencil/electronic - The ink is deposited from the flat surface of the plate, through a stencil or screen, or electronically

Book review: Csohány Kálmán

B. Supka Magdolna:
Csohány Kálmán

Publisher: Corvina Kiadó
Year: 1986
Content: 76 pages

Adriaen van Ostade

Adriaen van Ostade (1610 - 1685) dutch painter, engraver. During the first years of his career, Ostade tended toward the same exaggeration and frolic as his comrade, though he is distinguished from his rival by a more general use of light and shade, especially a greater concentration of light on a small surface in contrast with a broad expanse of gloom.

A man selling spectacles to a woman at her door, 1647-52
etching, paper
104 × 90 mm

God's Dice

Here are the first two sheet of "God's Dice" etching series.

God's Dice I., 2011
etching, paper
79 × 79 mm

God's Dice II., 2011
etching, paper
79 × 79 mm

Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917) french artist. Less known about the well known painter that he had also made etchings.

Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: Az Etruscan Gallery, 1879-80
etching, drypoint, aquatint, paper
268 × 230 mm

Borsos Miklós

Borsos Miklós introduce Nagyszeben his hometown.
The Munkácsy and Kossuth-prize winner artist also speaks about his credo and his works.
(in hungarian)

If the video doesn't start: http://videotar.mtv.hu/

Patkós László

Patkós László hungarian graphic artist. He is living and teaching in Kecskeméten. His works were made with original printmaking rules, in which the surfaces are the dominant.

Vonalposta, 2008
print, wood
570 × 800 mm

Master prints and drawings
from XVI to XX century

The Italian Gonnelli auction house auction catalogue.

Book source: issuu.com

Max Klinger

Max Klinger (1857 - 1920) was a German Symbolist painter, sculptor, printmaker.

"What man doesn't want to see in life, 
that less want to see in art."
Max Klinger

Title page for "Dramas" (Opus IX.) 
etching, paper
628 × 456 mm

William Hogarth:
Industry and Idleness

1. The Fellow Prentices at their Looms, 1747
etching, engraving, paper
267 × 348 mm

Rézkarcfitness card

To popularize the blog I made a simple card for distributing at exhibition openings.
( One "S" is reverse )

Artist of the month: Csohány Kálmán

Kálmán Csohány (1925 - 1980), born in Pásztó, was a significant figure of the graphic artist generation of the 60s and 70s. With his copper etchings, tint drawings and lithographs he combined the folkloric symbolism with his unique brief interpretation.

Huba Bálványos has died

Huba Bálványos, graphic artist, Munkácsi Prize winner, died at age 73 on 12 August 2011.

He chiefly made figurative art, mostly lithographs, graphics and drawings with mixed technique. He also made large size pictures, memorial walls for schools and bronze portrait reliefs. Thematic folders were published of his linocuts and graphics. He also made book illustrations. In Hungary he had more than 100 exhibitions, abroad 5, in addition he was a regular participant of graphic art biennials. Several pieces of his artwork were bought by public galleries, many of them can be seen in the Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galéria). For acknowlegement of his work he was awarded many prizes; for example the Munkácsy Prize in 1979, the Szent-Györgyi Albert Prize because of his pedagogy work, the Eötvös József Prize in 2008, last year he won the Csokonai Vitéz Mihály Art Prize.

"Besides his work as an artist he is also well-known for his lectures, proffessional articles and books on visual education. He was one of the founders and presidents of the College of Pedagogy and Visual Education Institutions. He found the development of opinions as the strong connection between art and pedagogy. He declared the following: '...if art wasn't for life, if it wasn't about life, what would it be for?'." (Pál Gerber, 2010)

Ad Astra I. Cupido, 1984
linocut, paper

Kiállítás: Bálványos Huba

Ketten V., 1989
litográfia, papír

„Tisztelet a Mesternek” sorozat keretében Bálványos Huba grafikusművész kiállítása még pár napig megtekinthető a Szőnyi István emlékmúzeumban.

„Válogatott rajzok. Rajzok papíron, rajzok kövön. A kőre rajzolt rajzok is papírra kerültek, ezek a litográfia nyomatok. A nyomatokból több is készülhetett, más rajzokból egy van. Ez a különbség az egyedi és a sokszorosító grafika között. Mikor melyik, és miért éppen az lesz a technikája, formája egy rajznak? A rajzok többnyire egymásból születnek: a válogatásban az egyfélék készülési évszáma ezért is van viszonylag közel egymáshoz.

Rajzok sokasága látható a honlapomon, fel is merülhet, hogy miért éppen ezek kerültek itt most falra? Itt nincs helye vallani erről, de talán elég annyi, hogy itt ezeket mutatom legszívesebben Szőnyi Mesternek. Volnának persze még további ilyenek, de a mennyiségi korlát miatt meg kellett küzdeni a nagyobb darabszám kísértésével. Szeretem a digitális bemutatást is, szép közelségbe tudja hozni például a rajzi részleteket. Ám az eredetiek mindig újra megmozgatnak, s ilyen, vagy ehhez hasonló hatást remélek kiváltani a nézőkből is. Az anyagi megjelenés, ami felvette a kifejezést, közvetlenül tud szólni ilyenkor.”
(Bálványos Huba)

Szőnyi István Emlékmúzeum
Zebegény, Bartóky utca 7.
Tel: 27-370-104, 30-409-1829

2011. június 18 - szeptember 11.

Szöveg és kép forrása: www.szonyimuzeum.hu

Kass János: Hamlet series

The Gurads, 1980
etching, aquatint, paper
380 × 290 mm

Two nights together had these gentlemen,
Marcellus and Bernardo, on their watch,
In the dead vast and middle of the night,
Been thus encounter'd. A figure like your father,
Armed at point exactly, cap-a-pe,
Appears before them, and with solemn march
Goes slow and stately by them: thrice he walk'd
By their oppress'd and fear-surprised eyes,
Within his truncheon's length; whilst they, distilled
Almost to jelly with the act of fear,
Stand dumb and speak not to him.

Exhibition: Two Masters of Fantasy
Bresdin and Redon

Rodolphe Bresdin
The Good Samaritan, 1861
litography, paper
565 × 445 mm

"Two Masters of Fantasy: Bresdin and Redon" features the prints and drawings of two artists who explored worlds of the imagination, the inner reality of the subconscious, and of dream. The eccentric French printmaker and draftsman Rodolphe Bresdin (1822-1885) created a miniature world dominated by the overwhelmingly intricate web of nature. He was the teacher of Odilon Redon (1840-1916), who was master of blackness in his lithographs and drawings (noirs). Two major drawings (one newly acquired) and a selection of lithographs explore his invented mythologies. The exhibition consists of 40 works drawn primarily from the Museum's collection with a few loans from private collectors.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Gallery 170

25 may 2011 - 16 january 2012

Konecsni György

Konecsni György (1908 – 1970) Kossuth Award-winning painter, graphic artist, stamp designer. In spite of he learned between 1927-1931 at the College of Fine Arts in painting department as a student of Gyula Rudnay, later he mainly worked as graphic designer makeing posters. In 1946 he started graphic course at the academy of Applied Arts. His students were Gross Arnold, Kass János, Reich Károly.

I immediately fell in love in theis series, but unfortunately couldn't find anything about it. Anyone who knows more info about it please write a comment!

Folder (10 sheet) 1.
etching or pen?, paper
245 × 242 mm

Other Techniques: George Grosz

George Grosz (1893 – 1959) german artist. Near the Academy, he studied caricatures. The difficulties of living were forced to draw into : his humorous, satyric drawings were very popular. His compositions were mainly like graphics than paintings.

He hated cruelity, and he was dreaming of mankind happiness. May be that was the reason he can illustrate with cruel. Grosz's satyre reveal the dark side of the society. His artworks and drawings were confiscated, banned, qualify against morality.

Port d'eaux-mortes:
Pub à Limehouse, 1926
lithograph, paper
145 × 100 mm

Exhibition: Goya and More

José de Ribera
Boy with a windmill and an old man pulling a cart with a dead body, 1640-1650
Watercolour, pen, dark ink and pencil, paper
235 × 170 mm

This exhibition presents a selection of works on paper – drawings, prints and photographs – acquired by the Museo del Prado between 1997 and 2010. It offers visitors the first opportunity to admire the most important works acquired over this period and which are normally stored in the Department of Prints and Drawings due to their fragile nature. In addition, the exhibition sets out the Museum’s principal strategies with regard to the acquisition of works on paper.

The Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings, located in the new Jerónimos Building designed by Rafael Moneo, houses the collection of drawings, prints and old photographs that has been built up since the time of the Museum’s founding. Together with the original works from the royal collection, a number of additional groups were added such as those from the Museo de la Trinidad and the Museo de Arte Moderno. Together they constituted the core of this area of the Prado’s collection, which has been expanded over the years, particularly with the addition of the Pedro Fernández Durán Bequest in 1931. It has continued to grow over the years through significant acquisitions, particularly in the period from 1997 to 2010.

For the first time in the Museum’s history the catalogue has only been published in on-line format can download here.

A Video from the exhibition:

Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
Madrid 28014
Jerónimos building. D szoba

5 May to 28 August 2011

Image and text source: www.museodelprado.es


If we have got some free time and a useless cooper plate, we can make some experiment. The best effects has happened when I did another way (left the plate in the acid, thin hard ground, different Iron chloride koncentrate...) many strange and surprising effects. Who has the same experience, or may be explored something interesting please write as a comment.

Other Techniques: Isoda Koryusai

Isoda Koryusai (1735-1790) was a Japanese printmaker and painter active from approximately 1764 to 1788.
The details of his life are under some dispute. He apparently came from a samurai background. One theory stated he became a ronin and was forced to turn to art, but another says he voluntarily gave up the life of a samurai for art. In 1781 he received the title Hokkyo for his talent and accomplishments.

Mother and Child Watching a Boy Flying a Kite
woodblock print, paper
260 × 183 mm

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Exhibition: Semmeilweis Museum

Semmelweis Ignác, 1982
355 × 250 mm

A Semmelweis Ignác egykori szülőházában működő Semmelweis Orvostörténeti Múzeum az orvostudomány és gyógyszerészet hazai és nemzetközi történetéből ad ízelítőt. Az állandó kiállítás az ókortól a 20. század elejéig tartó fejlődés tárgyi, művészeti és írásos emlékeit mutatja be, míg az időszaki kiállítások egy-egy különös téma köré csoportosítják olykor meghökkentő, más múzeumokban ritkán látható anyagukat.

A látogató nem csak ismeretekben, hanem élményekben is gazdagodhat ebben a sajátos légkörű múzeumban: beléphet Semmelweis egykori dolgozószobájába, vagy a kétszáz éves, pesti Szent Lélek patika faragott bútorai közé, gyönyörködhet a művészi kivitelű, 18. századi anatómiai viaszpreparátumokban, a miniatűr fogászati rendelőmodellben és a furcsa, ódon orvosi műszerekben egyaránt.

A Múzeum Gyűjteményében orvosokról, kutatókról, eszközökről készült rézkarcok, rézmetszetek is megtalálhatóak.

Semmeilweis Museum
H-1013 Budapest,
Apród utca 1-3.
Phone.: (1) 375-3533, (1) 201-1577
Email: semmelweis@museum.hu

III.15-X.31.: T-S 10.30-18:00
XI.1-III.14.: T-S 10:30-16:00

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727 – 1804) was a Venetian painter and printmaker in etching. His father was Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, also an italian great painter. He studied under his father, at the age of 20 he was producing his own work for commissioners. Often reproducing his own or his father's paintings. However we've known about two original series, the 20 illustrations of the Flight into Egypt ( 1753 ), and the other is the 14 Stations of the Cross.

Flight into Egypt, 1753
(Mary helped by two angels follows Joseph with the donkey)
etching, paper
190 x 102 mm

Goldenblog entry

This blog hungarian version has been enered the goldenblog.hu competition. I would like to get to the top 50 list at least, but i think we can reach the top 10. We rely on our readers. The vote starts at the 8th of august 7:07 AM.

Artist of the month: János Kass

János Kass (1927-2010) is a Hungarian graphic artist, sculptor, stamp designer; 'excellent artist' title and Kossuth Prize winner. He qualified as a ceramist in 1946 then studied at the Hungarian University of Art and Design between 1946 and 1949. As a student of the university his masters were Gyula Hincz, György Konecsni, and György Kádár. Between 1960 and 1961 he was aspirant of the book department at the College of Art and Design in Leipzig. From1967 he taught at the typography department at the Hungarian University of Art and Design. Between 1965 and 1973 he was art editor of Új Írás journal. He made countless book illustrations; today's middle aged people grew up on books illustrated by him. From 1973 onwards he designed stamps as well.

Goldenblog nevezés

A blogot idén nevezték a goldenblog.hu versenyre. Ha már így alakult szeretném ha a RÉZKARCFITNESS legalább bekerülne a legjobb 50-es listába, de azért se haragszom meg ha a legjobb 10 közé jut. Remélem számíthatok rendszeres olvasóimra, hogy sikerüljön. A szavazás egészen pontosan augusztus 8-án reggel 7 óra 7 perckor indul.

Albrech Dürer: Ádám és Éva
Rejtett szimbólumok

Érdekes műelemzést találtam a Christie-s aukciósház oldalán a minap. Albrecht Dürer Ádám és Éva rézkarcát veszi Górcsőr alá Tim Schmelcher a ház grafikai részlegének specialistája.

Albrecht Dürer
Ádám és Éva, 1504
247 × 191 mm