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G. H. Rothe

G.H. Rothe (1935-2007) was renowned as master of the mezzotint and as one of the world's greatest artists. She combined technical mastery with inspired imagination. She was born in Beuthen, Germany (ceded to Poland in 1945) and her studies in art history, human anatomy, goldsmithing and extensive drawing culminated in her discovery of the mezzotint technique. Impelled to revive this most difficult technique of printmaking led to an invention in 1972 never accomplished before in mezzotint: transparency. Her years of research and constant practice supplied the perfect medium for her vast repertoire of images.

G. H. Rothe Mezzotint Copper Plate


These originals and prints from very Limited Editions have been with a private collector for many years and are now available for purchase individually or as a collection. Many have unusual uniqueness within the Limited Edition.


“I carve my images into copperplates directly with a diamond. Then I pit the surface with a chisel-like tool called a rocker. When the ground work is done, I use a steel burnisher quite extensively to shape my images as one would do in a fine barr relief but working in reverse. After I pull a proof print from the copperplate, I cover the surface anew with fine pitted holes using the rocker, eliminating thought in action, practicing Karma Yoga. The experience of layering images and the x-ray shapes is guided by the mind’s eye. I feel but cannot see the picture underneath the second layer of pits. As the essence of life is an unknown force, I see when I don’t look. ”

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G H Rothe making a mezzotint print


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