Definition of etching in English:



  • 1A print produced by the process of etching.

    ‘etchings of animals and wildflowers’
    • ‘In addition to paintings, he produced a large number of prints - etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts.’
    • ‘Customers can choose from original works of art, etchings and limited-edition prints.’
    • ‘Engravings, along with etchings and drypoints, are created with the intaglio process.’
    • ‘Original oil paintings and etchings by Frances Hodgkins, William Swainson and John Gully were heaped in piles on the floor.’
    • ‘Lithographs, watercolours, drawings, etchings and numerous sculptures are housed in this serene villa.’
    • ‘Bell's drawings, etchings and monumental clay sculptures possess a kind of mystical godliness.’
    • ‘At the end of his life, the artist had created more than one thousand prints - mainly lithographs and etchings.’
    • ‘The progressive series of etchings show Picasso's brief foray into lithography.’
    • ‘During this time he offered a number of prints, etchings and lithographs to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.’
    • ‘The result is an assembly of drawings, etchings and digital prints representing a 50-year long obsession.’
    • ‘In an inspired move, the Gallery of Modern Art has hung five oil paintings alongside the etchings, allowing us to make clear comparisons.’
    • ‘Schiftan is a publisher and importer of fine art reproductions and hand-colored etchings.’
    • ‘In addition to his paintings, he has left us with thousands of etchings, and drawings.’
    • ‘The book is a hand-made collection of Emmanuel's etchings and lithographs, some of which are painted by the artist.’
    • ‘Not only that, but there will also be a selection of etchings, illustrations, ephemera and maps on many of the stands.’
    • ‘Together, the etchings and paintings summarize Goya's contribution to war art per se.’
    • ‘The presentation consists of oil paintings and etchings and is a collection of her impressions of India.’
    • ‘On display will be a selection of large-scale oil paintings, watercolours, pastels and etchings.’
    • ‘This celebrated, rare etching is based on studies Picasso made for a figure of a weeping woman in Guernica.’
    • ‘Whistler's etchings of Venice were published in two sets.’
    engraving, print, impression, block, plate, dry point, cut, woodcut, linocut, vignette
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    1. 1.1mass noun The art or process of producing etched plates or objects.
      ‘the artist dispensed with the medium of etching’
      ‘a dozen cycles of etching interspersed with the implantation of ions’
      • ‘Since then, she has worked in a number of other media besides oil painting, including etching, lithography, watercolor, pastel, sculpture and tapestry.’
      • ‘An inventive graphic artist, he has worked in various printmaking techniques, including etching, screenprinting, and woodcut.’
      • ‘Gross, a master of etching in charge of graphics at the Slade School of Art, later helped Daphne Reynolds to develop mezzotints, the deep, velvety blacks created with home-made ink.’
      • ‘Even had this not been so, etching was an appropriate medium for this series, as it permitted him to portray minute details of physical decomposition.’
      • ‘He experimented with other mediums, such as oil paint and etching, but most of his best work was done with watercolors.’
      • ‘‘I enjoy the medium of etching for its tactile qualities, its chiaroscuro possibilities and the surprises of the process,’ she said.’
      • ‘A large Freud etched self-portrait, with typical merciless etching to delineate each patch of skin, is perhaps the most memorable work in the exhibition.’
      • ‘In this series, Goya had perfected the painstaking processes of etching and aquatint and placed them in the service of rendering bizarre compositions of man, beast, witch and clergyman.’
      • ‘They said etching was too remote, too technical… but as soon as I managed to get artists to try, they liked it.’
      • ‘In a process she likens to printmaking or etching, Moreau pours the mixture directly onto the metal surface and spreads the pools of paint with a brush.’
      • ‘He was unsatisfied with the results until, he met Mark Draper, someone who had mastered the technical aspects of etching and from whom he learned a great deal one summer.’
      • ‘He studied drawing and etching at an art school in Nantes, France, from 1971 to 1978.’
      • ‘Siobhan stressed the originality apparent within the works, and described some of the processes involved in etching and printmaking in general.’
      • ‘Rembrandt was an innovative printmaker, and was especially devoted to expressive etching.’
      • ‘What becomes clear is that a passion for drawing underpins his approach to etching.’