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In celebration of our first 40 years, we are pleased to invite you to view this exhibition of rare, largely sold out, limited edition mezzotint engravings by Mikio Watanabe. Note: these are engravings, not photographs!   Please contact us now to confirm availability of your desired Mikio Watanabe mezzotint engravings as there is only one available of each image.  Yes, we can ship your selection to you today, anywhere in the world.  Enjoy!

Click here to read about Watanabe and the mezzotint medium

Brouillard
Brouillard (Fog)
Original mezzotint, 1993
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 26/90

6 3/8 x 13 1/2"
$800 framed

Chevelure II
Chevelure II (Hair)
Original mezzotint, 1991
Signed and titled by the artist
 Numbered 33/75

3 x 8 3/8"
$800 framed

Espoir
Espoir (Hope)
Original mezzotint, 1989
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 66/75

8 3/4 x 8 3/8"
$1,500 framed

Les Genoux I
Les Genoux (Knees)
Original mezzotint
Signed and titled by the artist
 Numbered 45/75

2 1/8 x 4 3/8"
$750 framed

Melancolie I
Mélancolie I (Melancholy)
Original mezzotint, 1996
Signed and titled by the artist
 Numbered 53/90

7 1/2 x 9 3/8"
$1,100 framed

Melancholie
Mélancolie II (Melancholy)
Original mezzotint, 1996
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 51/90

7 1/2 x 9 3/8"
$1,500 framed

Midi
Midi
Original mezzotint, 1990
Signed and titled by the artist
Annotated e.a. (épreuve d'artiste -- artist proof)

8 1/4 x 5 3/8"
$750 framed

Nocturne
Nocturne
Original mezzotint, 1989
Signed and titled by the artist
Annotated e.a. 8/15 (épreuve d'artiste -- artist proof)

8 3/4 x 13 5/8"
$750 framed


Nostalgie
Nostalgie (Nostalgia)
Original mezzotint, 1993
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 47/75
4 7/8 x 4 7/8"
$750 framed


Nu P
Nu P (Nude)
Original mezzotint with gold background, 1983
Signed and titled by the artist
Annotated e.a. (épreuve d'artiste -- artist proof)

5 3/8 x 3 3/4"
$950 framed

Reverie

Rêverie (Nude)

Original mezzotint with gold background, 1992
This is one of three mezzotints from the Souvenir Suite
Signed and titled by the artist

Numbered 59/75
2 7/8 x 5 7/8"
$1,995 framed total for all three mezzotints in the
Souvenir Suite

Songe
Songe (Dream)
Original mezzotint with gold background, 1993
This is one of three mezzotints from the Souvenir Suite
Signed and titled by the artist

Numbered 59/75
4 x 2 5/8"
$1,995 framed total for all three mezzotints in the
Souvenir Suite

Memoire
Memoire (Memory)
Original mezzotint with gold background, 1993
This is one of three mezzotints from the Souvenir Suite
Signed and titled by the artist

Numbered 59/75
6 x 3"
$1,995 framed total for all three mezzotints in the
Souvenir Suite

Sur la colline
Sur la Colline (On the Hill)
Original mezzotint, 1990
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 55/75
12 3/4 x 5 3/8"
$995 framed

Sue la arbre
Sur l'arbre (On the tree)
Original mezzotint, 1990
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 55/75
9 x 5"
$1,995 framed

Suite III
Suite III
Original mezzotint, 1990
Signed and titled by the artist
Annotated e.a. V/XV (épreuve d'artiste -- artist proof)

4 7/8 x 11 1/8"
$950 framed

Suite IV
Suite IV
Original mezzotint, 1991
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 75/75
4 1/8 x 5 7/8"
$950 framed

Une poignee
Une Poignée (A Handle)
Original mezzotint, 1992
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 38/75
4 x 12 3/4"
$750 framed

Lueur I
Lueur I (Glow)
Original mezzotint, 2004
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 68/90
8 3/8 x 3 3/8"
 $500

Genie
Génie
Original mezzotint
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 36/90
  5 5/8 x 7 1/2"
 
$500

S
              envoler
S'envoler (Fly away)
Original mezzotint
Signed and titled by the artist
Numbered 26/90
  4 3/8 x 8 1/8"
 
$750

Plenitude
Plenitude
Numbered 69/90
5 1/8 x 8 3/8"
Sorry, sold for $500

Dignite
Dignite
Numbered 70/90
  8 x 4 1/8"
Sorry, sold for $500

Pudeur
Pudeur (Modesty)
Numbered 68/90
2 1/2 x 5 1/4"
 
Sorry, sold for $400

Modestie
Modestie
Numbered 25/90
2 7/8 x 4 5/8"
Sorry, sold for $400

Sirene III
Sirene III
Numbered 69/90
7 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $500

Voie Lactee
Voie Lactee
Numbered 68/90
6 3/4 x 11 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $750
Danse de brumes
Danse des brumes
Numbered 67/90
6 x 7 5/8"
Sorry, sold for $600

Lueur II
Lueur II
Numbered 68/90
8 3/8 x 3 3/8"
Sorry, sold for $500
Jour
Jour
Numbered 41/90
  7 5/8 x 15 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $600

Homage a Felix
                    Buhot

Homage a Felix Buhot
Original mezzotint, 1998
8 1/2 x 6 1/2"

Signed by the artist
Numbered 19/90

Sorry, sold

Deux Nus V

Deux Nus V
Original mezzotint
22 x 19"

Signed by the artist
Numbered 65/75

Sorry, sold

The Artist

Mikio Watanabe was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1954.  After graduating from the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Tokyo in 1977, he was drawn to Paris to perfect his mezzotint technique.  Admission to the prestigious Atelier 17 of Stanley William Hayter soon followed and he studied engraving there from 1979 to 1981. 

In 1989 Watanabe was awarded at Salon de la Gravure Originale in Bayeux, France and in 1992 at Miniprint International in Cadaques, Spain.
 
Mikio is a member of the International Academy Greci-Marino in Italy.  He has dedicated his work to mezzotint since 1981 and after over 50 one-man exhibitions, one can find his work in public and private collections internationally. 

His hand-rocked, copper plate images are Mikio's sensuous, reverent, and intimate homage to the female form, with a fine quality that bespeaks the artist's many years of devotion to his craft.

The quality of his engravings is consistent with the high regard for excellence that is the hallmark of Saper Galleries.


The Mezzotint Medium

Watanabe creates a mezzotint by repeatedly pressing a curved, serrated mezzotint "rocker" over the surface of a rectangular flat copper plate until it makes thousands of tiny indentations.  After the entire surface of the plate has been textured, yielding a rich velvety black when inked, scrapers are used to shave down the raised areas to a variety of heights that will produce soft tones from dark gray to white when inked and pressed.

While the mezzotint has a history dating back to the 17th century, very few contemporary artists have achieved the technical skill and dexterity of a master.  In Watanabe’s work, one senses not only his devotion to his craft, but also a more private devotion – his model for many years was his beloved wife, Yuriko.

Watanabe expresses this powerful combination of technical mastery and artistic inspiration when he states, "The moment when the copper, the technique, the tools, and myself become one harmonious whole, the result is breathtaking and speaks to me with eloquence."

Click here to view the one-page pdf displayed at the exhibition providing more information about the mezzotint medium.  

Enjoy the rare opportunity to see this significant exhibition of Mikio Watanabe mezzotint engravings in celebration of our first 40 years. 
                                                                             ~ Roy Saper
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