Fine Artists and Master Printers

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There are artists whose vision can only be achieved by creating fine art prints. Techniques like oils, acrylics, watercolors or sculpture can not always achieve the result that the artist envisions.

The fine art prints for sale at VFA are created by fine artists, who often collaborate with master printmakers. Like a marriage, the relationship between artist and printer must be one of trust, respect and understanding. (Many of the relationships between artist and printer have lasted longer than many marriages.)

Picasso and His Printer in Paris

Intaglio printer, Roger Lacourière, worked with Matisse in the late 1920s and Picasso, beginning in the 1930s. Lacourière not only helped Picasso with his art work, he also introduced him to French art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who introduced, not just Picasso, but Cezanne, Renoir and other artists, then unknown, to the art world.

The shop was eventually taken over by Lacourière’s master printer Jacques Frélaut, and renamed “Lacourière et Frélaut.” The Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut is still a thriving business, where contemporary artists from all over the world go print their work.

Tourists in Paris pass by the workshop, with its simple facade, every day without a hint of the exciting work that is going on inside.

Chuck Close and His Printer in New York

Master printers are able to achieve the textures, colors and feel that the artist has conceived. With an artist like Chuck Close, who works with a myriad of colors and design, the print process can be very complex.

Close’s Self-Portrait, completed in 2015, took four years of work to create. This fine art print, available for sale at VFA, was done in more than 80 colors using 24 wood blocks.

Pace Prints and the Pace Gallery have been supporting artists like Chuck Close, Ed Ruscha, Keith Haring, Donald Sultan and many more, since the 1960s.

Alex Katz, Richard Diebenkorn and Their Printer in San Francisco

Crown Point Press is across the street from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The building was originally built in 1922 for the San Francisco News. Crown Point was established in 1962. In 1965 it began to publish prints by Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud.

Artists like Alex Katz, Ed Ruscha, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Mangold have worked with the master printers at Crown Point.

The gallery at Crown Point Press is open to the public. Workshops in etching and photogravure are held every summer and are also open to the public.

Fine Art Prints for Sale at VFA

The fine art prints for sale at VFA are the works of great artists and master printers. For more information about the printing process, you can download our free Ebook: How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints.

Please visit or contact us if you would like more information about the work in our gallery.

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled (Cleveland Orchestra Print) 1978

Frankenthaler, Diebenkorn and Kelly: Prints and Woodcuts for Sale at Vertu

Among our new acquisitions are works by the great American artists Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn and Ellsworth Kelly. Each of these artists was a masterful colorist, who used their skills to create powerful paintings and prints.

Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler influenced other great artists, like Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland,  with her massive Color Field paintings.In 1960, Frankenthaler was invited to work at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) studio in Long Island. ULAE was just starting up, and looking for promising young artists who would help the studio make its mark as a premier print venue.

Frankenthaler continued to make prints and woodcuts throughout her career, with both ULAE and the outstanding printmaker, Kenneth Tyler.

In 1978, Frankenthaler created a screenprint to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Cleveland Orchestra. An edition of this print and Flotilla, an exceptional 73 color screenprint are available at Vertu.

Inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e woodcuts of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, Frankenthaler studied and created woodcuts that reflected, not only the ukiyo-e tradition, but the unique use of color that is a signature of all of her work.

Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn is best known for his large, color field Ocean Park Paintings. Like Frankenthaler, Diebenkorn expanded his work to include prints and woodcuts.

Diebenkorn was greatly influenced by his surroundings. Blue on Red shows the California that Diebenkorn saw from his studio. As with much of his work, Blue on Red is part cartography, part architecture and all bold and beautiful.

Ellsworth Kelly

Like Frankenthaler and Diebenkorn, Ellsworth Kelly used large, strong fields of color in his work. He used solid colors within geometric shapes to create his best known works. Kelly softened his approach to color with his works on colored paper, some of which are in the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Colored Paper Image XVI, is an example of the softened lines and colors Kelly used to create these amazing works from handmade paper and pulp.

Please contact us for more information about the work of these, and the other great artists, whose works are in our Vertu Fine Art Gallery.

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Free Ebook: How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints

Free Ebook: How to Identify and Buy Fine Art Prints

We believe that the more you know, the more you will appreciate fine art prints.

In our Ebook you’ll learn:

  • A short history of prints from the earliest woodcut to contemporary processes
  • Which artists most influenced the making of fine art prints
  • What questions to ask when buying prints
  • The fundamentals of print identification
  • Terms and techniques for identifying fine art prints
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