1833 or earlier
Aquatint on laid paper, with drypoint sketches in the margins; second state
I really like this aquatint print by Delacroix. It shows off how drawing is the foundation of other media, including aquatint and other printmaking modes. I really like the composition employed, which immediately leads the eye to the smith's head and face. The lines of the shadow then lead the eye to the glowing piece of iron, held in place by a strong arm, and about to be struck by the hammer in the other arm. With just a few elements: drawing and the tones produced by etching, Delacroix created a scene of intensity and energy.
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