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Keith, Mezzotint
This was the first print that Close made as an established artist, and it is now considered to be a major work in American printmaking. The technique that he chose to use, mezzotint, is a very time-consuming medium that was most popular during the 18th century portraiture. In mezzotint, the final products were on average small, 3 x 4 inches.


Keith, Mezzotint



1) Why do you think that he decided to make his mezzotint so big, when they were historically so small?

2) Why do you think that he decided to allow the grid to be seen, when previously he had kept it hidden?


1) How does the grid contribute to the success of the artwork, if at all?


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