Hans Figura
Hans Figura
Hans Figura (Austrian, 1898-1978) painter and etcher who was well known for his aquatint etchings on paper or satin of European and American landscape and cityscape scenes, as well as paintings of landscape & cityscape scenes, Tyrolean Alp scenes of villages & chalets, street scenes, harbor & marine scenes etc. He was born in a small town near the Austro-Hungarian border, and as a young man, he served as an officer in the Austrian Army during WWI. After the war he attended medical school for several years but eventually decided that he preferred the arts to medicine. During the 1920's-30's, he made numerous art study trips throughout Europe and the United States, and throughout the course of his career, he had exhibited in many of the large cities there and abroad.

Walter Meibohm worked with Mr. Figura personally post WWII and maintained a friendship with him until his death in 1978.

Aquatinting, like etching is an acid based process, and is quite complex. It uses acid-resistant Bitumen dust instead of wax, which is laid on the plate and then heated causing the dust to adhere to the plate. It is then immersed in acid which eats away the copper around the dust grains, creating a thin web of lines. The technique imitates different tone levels, much like water color washes. Different lengths of time in the acid bath produce a variety of tonal shading. It can produce subtle color tones and at other times with brilliant results.