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Boar Hunt

A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper.




Gerhard Janssen
Dutch, 1636-1725

About this artwork

A stained-glass painter from Utrecht, Gerhard Janssen was also an experimental etcher, though he produced fewer than a dozen landscapes in total. All of them were deeply etched on iron plates and share an idiosyncratic solarizing effect created by the artist’s reversal of the usual relationship of light and dark. He stopped out the areas that were to remain white before immersing the plates in acid, with the result that his figures glow, almost as if they too were part of a window. The date and Janssen’s signature appear in reverse, another indication of his unfamiliarity with the medium.


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Gerhard Janssen


Boar Hunt


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1717


Etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper


Image: 19.8 × 28.8 cm (7 13/16 × 11 3/8 in.); Plate: 20.8 × 29.4 cm (8 1/4 × 11 5/8 in.)

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Hannan Fund

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