The Malertypie is one of the most obscure of all graphic techniques. Invented by the painter and printmaker Ernst Klotz in the late 1890s, it was a planographic technique in which the image was drawn and painted directly onto a metal plate. The precise method used to fix the image is unclear. The end result is rather like a lithograph, and offered the same painterly versatility with the added bonus that the original plate could be printed from directly and was as durable as a conventional letterpress plate. Despite this obvious advantage, the Malertypie was never widely used, and so far as we know only three people ever practised it: Ernst Klotz and two of his artistic circle, Thomas Theodor Heine and Oscar Leonhard Geyer. There is an article on the technique in Zeitschrift für Bildende Kunst, Neue Folge IX, 1898, entitled Eine Neue Graphische Technik, with a reproduction of an example by Klotz and an original plate by Geyer.


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