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Robert Bechtle

Because reversal is inherent to the etching process, Bechtle’s print is a mirror image of the lift (preparatory) drawing. In the drawing’s lower margin, Bechtle wrote, “This is not a finished work of Art!” Indeed, the drawing was no more than a tool for him. Laid on top of the various copperplates, it facilitated the tracing of the print’s design and the mapping out of its colors.


Robert Bechtle working at Crown Point Press, photograph by Kathan Brown, Courtesy Crown Point Press

Banner image: Detail, Robert Bechtle, Texas and 20th Intersection (lift drawing), 2004, colored pencil on tracing paper, Crown Point Press

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