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Lithography Print

Lithography is a printing technique which allows for the creation and reproduction of a design drawn in ink or in pencil on a stone (often limestone), using a press. The technique first appeared at the end of the 18th century in Germany and quickly became popular across Europe throughout the 19th century. Although the supports it uses and the way it is used have considerably changed, it is still a commonly used process today. Lithography uses a chemical process which is based on the immiscibility of water and oil. The image is drawn directly onto the stone slate using ink or a wax pencil or ‘transferred’ using transfer paper. The limestone is then moistened and covered with a greasy ink. As the ink is hydrophobic, it only adheres to the lines of the drawing and is repelled by the wet areas. Paper is then applied to the stone slate and pressed.

Over time, this technique was adapted to new supports other than stone, such as zinc and aluminium. In the 19th century in particular, lithography was used for a whole host of different purposes. In newspaper publishing, its quick production rate made it a popular choice for printing news illustrations, where being the first to publish a new story is still a top priority. Lithography is also used for more commercial purposes (stickers, printing sheet music) as well as an artistic form of expression.

We are of course most interested in looking at how this technique has been used artistically. It has two main functions. The first is as an artistic medium; artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec worked with lithography to create several copies of an original piece, whereas other artists use it as a way of copying their works. Highly fashionable at the time, we can still see numerous Art Nouveau and Art Deco inspired lithographs today.

Lithography can produce typographic and artistic creations in a short space of time. It allows artists to reproduce original drawings very easily. It also gives the artist the opportunity to explore an endless number of creative possibilities and explore an infinite array of styles.

In the 20th century, lithography was commonly used to create exhibition posters and by-products which were often created by the artists themselves. Miro and Picasso for example created a large number of posters using this technique.

Today, only artistic lithography remains. In a similar way to photography or engraving, lithographs come in multiple examples. The market value varies depending on the artist’s popularity and the quality of the print, but also depending on the number of copies that exist. It is important for the buyer to know the number attributed to the lithograph and the total number of copies made, as detailed in the ‘certificate of authenticity’ which helps to prevent fraudulent copies.

When looking through the ‘Famous Artists’ category on Artsper, you will find lithographs from some of the 20th century’s biggest names, including (Niki de Saint Phalle, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean Cocteau, Victor Vasarely, Salvador Dali, Zao Wou-Ki...) but also from famous contemporary artists such as Hervé Télémaque, Yan Pein Ming and many others. All of the lithographs sold by Artsper have been carefully chosen. Artsper only selects works which come from limited editions with a maximum of 300 examples or which have been signed by the artist.



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JR, Unframed, Charlie Chaplin revu par JR, The Kid, Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, USA, 1923, de jour Paris, Print

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Peter Klasen, D 96 Radioactiv, Print

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Les amoureux / Lovers - 1909, 2018
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Bambin dans les bras, Côte d’Ivoire, 1995
29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Allied Chemical Tower, Packed, Project for No. 1 Times Square, Print

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Allied Chemical Tower, Packed, Project for No. 1 Times Square, 1971
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16 x 19 inch
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Joan Miró, El Circulo de Piedra, Print

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Harif Guzman, Dark but not gloomy, Print

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43.3 x 29.9 inch
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Victor Spahn, America's Cup - Alinghi, Print

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America's Cup - Alinghi, 2007
16.9 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
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Mel Ramos, Tyra Tyre, Print

Mel Ramos

Tyra Tyre, 2004
29.5 x 23 inch
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Paul Jenkins, Five Invocations II, Print

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Five Invocations II, 1997
21.5 x 29.5 inch
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37.4 x 23.6 inch
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Giuseppe Santomaso, Erker-Treffen 2, Print

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Anna-Eva Bergman, Erken-Treffen 2, Print

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Erken-Treffen 2, 1974
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La rue de Dantzig, 1959
25.8 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
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Richard Lindner, Profile, Print

Richard Lindner

Profile, 1970
28 x 21.7 inch
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George Rickey, Erker-Treffen 2, Print

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15 x 11 inch
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35.4 x 24.2 inch
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Farandole, 1971
20.9 x 16.1 x 2 inch
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Le Magicien de Paris I, 1969
40 x 26 inch
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Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, 2017
25.6 x 19.3 inch
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Europe - L'Europe multicolore, 1961
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Fritz Wotruba

Erker-Treffen 2, 1974
15 x 11 inch
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Two half disks, 1971
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Robert Motherwell

Chair, 1972
38.2 x 28 x 0 inch
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Bouquet, 1950
33.9 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
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Danse du soleil, 1996
22 x 29.9 inch
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The Pink Elephant, 2017
35.4 x 28.3 inch
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Yves Brayer, La cabane gardiane, Print

Yves Brayer

La cabane gardiane, 1973
19.5 x 25.4 inch
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28.3 x 24 inch
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Le moulin à forme, 1974
29.9 x 22 inch
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Zevs, Euro liquidated, Print

Zevs

Euro liquidated, 2016
42.1 x 26 inch
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$1,385

Our recommendations Fernando Botero, Femme en rouge à lèvres, Print

Fernando Botero

Femme en rouge à lèvres, 1983
14.2 x 11.8 inch
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Our recommendations André Masson, Figures in Landscape, Print

André Masson

Figures in Landscape, 1960
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$1,039

Our recommendations Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 7, Print

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WC 56 7, 1946
31.1 x 23.6 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Kim En Joong, Composition abstraite 7, Print

Kim En Joong

Composition abstraite 7, 1989
29.9 x 25.6 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Joan Mitchell, Champs (Fields); from the Carnegie Hall Centennial Fine Art portfolio, Print

Joan Mitchell

Champs (Fields); from the Carnegie Hall Centennial Fine Art portfolio, 1990
60 x 40 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Guy Denning, Paradis est ici, Print

Guy Denning

Paradis est ici, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Françoise Pétrovitch, La Fille aux Cheveux Verts, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

La Fille aux Cheveux Verts, 2021
35.6 x 24.7 x 0 inch
Print

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Roberto Matta, L’eau est Mana, Print

Roberto Matta

L’eau est Mana, 1974
26 x 40 inch
Print

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Kumi Sugaï

S (Grand soleil), 1990
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

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