Frederick Mershimer, Moonlight, 2010, Mezzotint. Edition of 90. 18 -/4 x 20 inches.
Mershimer is an important contributor to the revival and growing popularity of a 400 year old process once abandoned as too labor intensive. Mezzotint, also called black manner, a method of engraving a metal plate by systematically and evenly pricking its entire surface with innumerable small holes that will hold ink and, when printed, produce large areas of tone.