Los Angeles

Gamble Etching Collection

University of Southern California

Approximately 40 choice works in the Univerity’s permanent collection, with many fine etchings by the American, James A. Whistler, including his character depictions, La Vielle aux Loques, and The Pool

Copperplate etching, which reached its peak of popularity during the 18th century, suffered the same fate as other graphic media until the comparatively recent resurgence of interest by contemporary artists in introducing fresh concepts into a field that over the years had been increasingly relegated to the commercial artisan.

Artists’ explorations during the past several decades have been predicated on rejecting the “purist” approach of limiting the plate to a single operation, by working in a combination of all gravure or incised metal-plate techniques and their variants. Thus, to those who are familiar with only contemporary graphics, this collection, at first glance, may be dismissed as

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