The etching pictured here sold in September 2014, but other nearly identical prints are available for viewing. ARQUES UNDER PINK MOON SOUL RISE. The etching is adapted from an original black and white photograph I shot in 1987 while traveling through Southern France. The area is known for its CATHAR History. This is the SECEND OF THREE Editions. The printmaking techniques employed include intaglio, Chine colle, aquatint, and drypoint. Only three limited editions of ten etchings each exist. All were hand-printed and published by myself. This SECOND edition is executed in a blend of yellow and gold inks, oil-based, on Stonehenge Black paper. The colored moon was achieved via the Chine colle process by integrating a piece of mulberry bark paper from Thailand onto the print. The zinc plate was etched in several Nitric acid baths and measures 5 inches wide by 7 inches high, or 13 cm x 18 cm. The print size is 11 inches high by 10 inches wide, or 28 cm x 26 cm. The mystical area of ARQUES in Southern France is also called Occitania,where Occitan was traditionally the first language spoken. This area was once noted for its Troubadours, Chivalry, Poetry, Ladies,Knights. Moreover, it encompasses such cities like Toulouse, Montpellier, Carcassonne, and Narbonne. This building was once a CATHAR Castle at Arques. The Cathars were a Christian based religious community active in Europe and especially in the area known as Catalonia in the mid 12th century. Cathars believed that God had only created spiritual perfection and eternity, not the material world. . . which they viewed as evil. Many led austere lives as celibate vegetarians. The Cathars clergy were called Perfects. These male and female priests were thought to be masters of alchemy, Christian mysticism, and magic. Their beliefs earned them severe persecution by the Vaticans Pope, the Roman Catholic Church, and the French king in Paris. The Cathars were massacred and burned at the stake, but some claim that sacred scrolls and gold were hidden somewhere in the hills of this area. The work was hand printed and published by the artist at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please note that this etching is shipped to the collector without a frame or mat. This keeps the price low and allows the collector personal choice in mat selection and framing. A sturdy cardboard box is employed for shipping the work. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping carton and securely packed with bubble wrap. The Absolute Arts Dot Com price includes all handling costs, shipment supplies, and the coast of the shipment box. Mailing costs are added.