LE PRINCE, Jean-Baptiste
(b. 1734, Metz, d. 1781, Saint-Denis-du-Port)
Aquatint, 229 x 178 mm
Musée Jenisch, Vevey
Jean-Baptiste Le Prince is credited with being the first artist (in 1768) to introduce aquatint into his etched and engraved plates. He may even have been the inventor of aquatint, the etching technique that allows reproduction of wide tonal scale. "Calmouk" is the one of his finest prints. It was created in Russia, and it represents Calmouk warrior from the Central Asia region of Russia.