Urs Graf

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Urs Graf (c. 1485 in Solothurn, Switzerland possibly before 13 October 1528)[1] was a Swiss Renaissance goldsmith, painter and printmaker (of woodcuts, etchings and engravings), as well as a Swiss mercenary. He only produced two etchings, one of which dates from 1513 – the earliest known etching for which a date has been established. However, his woodcuts are considered of greater significance, particularly as he is attributed with the invention of the white-line woodcut technique, where white lines create the image on a black background. He also produced a few engravings, including copies of works by Martin Schongauer and Albrecht Dürer.[2] He produced innovative drawings intended as finished works of art rather than just studies.

Urs Graf, Naked female fiddler with an old fool from Basel (1523), wood engraving