Sidney Hurwitz

Sidney Hurwitz

Newton Center, MA
Paint Factory, Etching / Aquatint
18 x 23

The “Paint Factory” was made by first covering the zinc plate with an adhesive, opaque white, acid-resistant paper. A line drawing of the image was done in pencil with many alterations. Then each line was cut through with a pointed blade. The plate was immersed into a nitric acid bath (12-1 ratio) for a lengthy bite. The plate was removed and the acid resistant covering peeled off, revealing a line etching. A box aquatint was then applied to the plate and, in a series of progressive bites, values were established through stages of stopping out—first the whites and progressively to the blacks. In this case a total of six acid bites were necessary. In some areas burnishing and scraping were used to correct the values.