Enclosed Valley

Enclosed Valley

c. 1623–30

Hercules Seghers

(Dutch, 1589/90-c. 1638)

Etching on cloth, hand colored with watercolor

Platemark: 10.7 x 19 cm (4 3/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1951.349

Catalogue raisonné: Haverkamp-Begemann 13, state I/IV, b



An extremely experimental printmaker along the lines of Rembrandt, Seghers demonstrated that a great painter could expand the limits of a medium to suit his expressive needs. He created 54 etchings, but instead of producing standardized editions, he made each impression a unique and individualized work of art. He often printed on paper prepared with a colored ground or on cloth using various colored inks and then added translucent overlays of color. Cleveland’s etching is one of ten known impressions of the first state; another is nearby at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College.

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PR - Etching
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