TREES : SPREADING BRANCHES 1979
Henry Moore (1898 – 1986)
- 16.8 X 20.6 CM
- ETCHING AND AQUATINT
- Accession number
The garden and grounds surrounding Moore's homes in Perry Green and Forte dei Marmi in Italy provided the inspiration for many tree drawings from 1975 onwards. The Trees album gave Moore the opportunity to experiment with coloured aquatint and the final album of six etchings was published in 1980 by Raymond Spencer Company Ltd for the Henry Moore Foundation in an edition of 50.
An intaglio printmaking process and a method of achieving tone by etching a plate covered with resin dust. The acid corrodes the unprotected metal leaving only the surface protected by a speck of dust. When inked the plate will print a tone of black through to very pale grey depending on the length of time it was immersed in the acid. Its name derives from the finished print resembling a watercolour, and is a tonal rather than a linear work.
All copies of a book, print, portfolio, sculpture, etc., issued or produced at one time or from a single set of type. Printed works can be made in an edition of between one and many thousands of copies. With most printing techniques the plate or screen will become worn if very many prints are made, so to maintain quality (and exclusivity) editions of original prints are usually kept below one hundred copies and normally average between thirty and fifty copies. Prints made up of several different plates can be extremely complicated and time-consuming to edition, so in these cases editions are kept low for practical reasons. Sculptural editions are a set of cast sculptures taken from the same mould or master. These editions are usually much lower, consisting of no more than six casts. Though each cast in an edition might have a lower value than a unique piece, it may be a more effective way of offsetting costs of an expensive process such as bronze casting.