Chuck Close's prints have a direct relationship to his oil portraits; they are based on a grid system. In some, he has employed mezzotint or lithography (using an airbrush or fingers and thumb) to define his forms within a grid. In this spit-bite aquatint, the areas within the grid resemble dabs of paint and result from Close's use of ferric acid, applied with a brush. The length of time the acid was allowed to bite the plate was carefully controlled to produce a particular tonality.


  • Title: Self-Portrait
  • Creator: Chuck Close
  • Date Created: 1988
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet size: 20 15/16 x 15 1/2 inch, Plate size: 13 1/2 x 9 7 /16 inch, Image size: 13 3/8 x 9 5/16 inch
  • Provenance: Gift from the artist, ANA diploma presentation February 6, 1991
  • Type: Work on paper print
  • Medium: Spit-bite aquatint and soft ground etching on white Hahnemuhle

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