Georg Jahn. (1869 Meissen – 1941 Dresden). Bather at the forest river. Mezzotinto on vellum. Circa 1909

£ 750

Signed and inscribed “4th printing of the copper plate. A magnificent, nuanced and velvety black print with a narrow border nicely framed and glazed.

49cm Wide x 43cm High including the frame.

Ref: 24506

Georg Jahn did not come into contact with printmaking techniques until 1902. After completing his training at the Dresden Art Academy, the artist settled in Loschwitz in 1897. Jahn was introduced to the technique of etching through his friend and painter Max Pietschmann. From then on, Jahn also showed his talent as an excellent portraitist in atmospheric, sensitive prints, as this work demonstrates.

Mezzotint is a monochrome printmaking process. It was the first printing process that yielded half-tones without using line- or dot-based techniques. This technique can achieve a high level of quality and richness in the print.

Mezzotint fell out of style by the middle of the 19th-century, perhaps in favor of other printmaking techniques, because of the invention of photography, or other unknown reasons. Regardless, this idiosyncratic technique, which beautifully transcribes the softness, expressiveness, and motion inherent to painting, serves as a reminder to us today of the importance of and skill behind creating reproductions before the age of photography.