Excerpt from Catalogue of an Exhibition of Etchings and Dry-Points by Whistler: With an Introduction and Notes As all these methods are now considered to be within the province of etching, it would be well to consider for a moment the limitations and scope of the art as the masters have under stood them. Etching'is a means of expressing on a plate, the most delicate, the most subtle, the most refined sensations which come to an artist, provided always he can perceive them and has the ability to record them. N 0 one but an artist can do this, and how many artists are there in the world? Etching is sketching on a plate, and how many modern plates prove the artist can sketch? Etching is putting down a subject in the fewest and the most vital lines; how many artists think of line at all? Etching means doing all these things and others like them superla tively well with the most obedient tools on the most responsive surfaces of metal, provided the artist has the skill to dominate his subject and use his tools. But if one wishes to know what etching is, look at these prints and numbers more by Whistler. There are etchings in this exhibition that have never been approached by any other artist at any time. To know this is to know etch ing - these prints are the perfect ¿ower of the art - the greatest artist of modern times, the greatest etcher of all time - an American James Abbott mcneill Whistler. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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