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The most brilliant printmaker you’ve never heard of (The History Blog)

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River valley with a waterfall; second state with landscape burnished and added trial lines. Etching and sugar-lift, printed in blue ink, with grey and brown watercolourThis is the last week of the British Museum’s exhibition of its impressive collection of etchings by Hercules Segers. Hercuwho, you might well ask, as did I when I first encountered him on the British Museum website. Short answer: Hercules Pieterszoon Segers (ca. 1589 – ca. 1638) was an incredibly innovative Dutch printmaker and painter during the Golden Age of Dutch art. He experimented with printing media in such radical ways that he was centuries ahead of his time. His imaginary landscapes of craggy mountains and desolate valleys printed on colored paper in colored ink look like something J.M.W. ...

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