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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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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
48 x 37 cm
Print

$1,185 $1,316

Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975
58.1 x 77.5 cm
Print

$15,500

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana, 1971
65 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$5,743

Jean-Paul Agosti, Loire, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Loire, 2002
90 x 45.5 cm
Print

$359

Pierre Alechinsky, Dotremont dans son village, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Dotremont dans son village, 1981
83 x 62 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,154

René Magritte, La Valse Hésitation, Print

René Magritte

La Valse Hésitation, 2010
45 x 60 x 0.1 cm
Print

$897

Marc Chagall, Pantomime, Print

Marc Chagall

Pantomime, 1972
65 x 49 cm
Print

$8,974

Kumi Sugaï, Quatre flèches, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Quatre flèches, 1990
76 x 65 x 0.2 cm
Print

$538

Karel Appel, Regard vers l'infini, Print

Karel Appel

Regard vers l'infini, 1963
56 x 76 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,154

Carlos Cruz-Diez, S/T  (Induction Chromatique), Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

S/T (Induction Chromatique), 1981
80 x 80 x 5 cm
Print

$4,500

Fernand Léger, Les constructeurs, Print

Fernand Léger

Les constructeurs, 1955
50 x 63 cm
Print

$4,188

Felipe Pantone, Integration System #1, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System #1, 2020
64 x 64 cm
Print

$1,795

Sonia Delaunay, Sans Titre, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Sans Titre, 1962
71 x 50 cm
Print

$3,350

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, La passagère du 54, Print

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

La passagère du 54, 1982
76 x 56 x 0.1 cm
Print

$299

Maurice Estève, Brandevin, Print

Maurice Estève

Brandevin, 1961
69 x 52 cm
Print

$3,590

Moise Kisling, Bouquet de Fleurs, Print

Moise Kisling

Bouquet de Fleurs, 1975
75 x 54.5 x 0.2 cm
Print

$718

Lou Doillon, Lou, Print

Lou Doillon

Lou, 2021
76 x 56 cm
Print

$383

Hom Nguyen, Human, Print

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2020
122 x 80 x 3 cm
Print

$3,171

JR, Trompe L'oeil, Death Valley, Billboard, March 4, 2017, 5:41 Pm, California, USA, 2017, Print

JR

Trompe L'oeil, Death Valley, Billboard, March 4, 2017, 5:41 Pm, California, USA, 2017, 2021
50 x 85 cm
Print

$862

Jacques Villeglé, Figure "Tuileries 2010", Print

Jacques Villeglé

Figure "Tuileries 2010", 2014
32 x 40 cm
Print

$538

Our recommendations Henri Matisse, Tête de Femme (Fribourg livres illustrés 25; Claude Duthuit 23), 1948, Print

Henri Matisse

Tête de Femme (Fribourg livres illustrés 25; Claude Duthuit 23), 1948, 1948
24.8 x 19.1 cm
Print

$24,500

Our recommendations Egon Schiele, Nu au Miroir / A Nude Model Before a Mirror - 1910, Print

Egon Schiele

Nu au Miroir / A Nude Model Before a Mirror - 1910, 2007
58 x 45 cm
Print

$706

Brusk (DMV), Bullet In Your Mouth, Print

Brusk (DMV)

Bullet In Your Mouth, 2019
98 x 76 cm
Print

$794

Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

La potomanie du Rouge, 2021
100 x 100 x 5 cm
Print

$897

Toctoc, Février 2104, Print

Toctoc

Février 2104, 2020
90 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

$538

Paul Jenkins, Five Invocations II, Print

Paul Jenkins

Five Invocations II, 1997
54.6 x 74.9 cm
Print

$1,600

Wifredo Lam, Orsa Maggiore, Print

Wifredo Lam

Orsa Maggiore, 1975
80 x 64.8 cm
Print

$2,150

Eduardo Arroyo, Copa del mundo de futbol, Print

Eduardo Arroyo

Copa del mundo de futbol, 1982
95 x 60 cm
Print

$838

Louis Toffoli, Jérusalem, Print

Louis Toffoli

Jérusalem, 1996
63 x 90 cm
Print

$897

Antoni Tapies, Ligne d'horizon, Print

Antoni Tapies

Ligne d'horizon, 1973
29.5 x 46 cm
Print

$1,316

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Allied Chemical Tower, Packed, Project for No. 1 Times Square, Print

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Allied Chemical Tower, Packed, Project for No. 1 Times Square, 1971
71.1 x 55.9 cm
Print

$3,500

Gustav Klimt, La Danseuse de Cabaret / Liegender Mädchenakt nach links / Reclining female nude facing left - 1914, Print

Gustav Klimt

La Danseuse de Cabaret / Liegender Mädchenakt nach links / Reclining female nude facing left - 1914, 2012
54 x 69 cm
Print

$933

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince, Print

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Le Petit Prince, 2012
50 x 40 cm
Print

$150

Our recommendations Georges Braque, L'Oiseau et son Nid, Print

Georges Braque

L'Oiseau et son Nid, 1957
40.6 x 48.3 cm
Print

$3,500

Mist, Age Of Tomorrow, Print

Mist

Age Of Tomorrow, 2015
80 x 56 cm
Print

$906

Didier Lourenço, Pillows, Print

Didier Lourenço

Pillows, 2015
60 x 86 cm
Print

$796

Tilt, Norma Jeane, Print

Tilt

Norma Jeane, 2015
68.5 x 68.5 cm
Print

$906

Antonio Segui, Sans titre (44), Print

Antonio Segui

Sans titre (44), 2013
31 x 90 cm
Print

$957

François Avril, Bretagne - Vert, Print

François Avril

Bretagne - Vert, 2018
64 x 90.5 cm
Print

$538

Our recommendations Edvard Munch, Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, Print

Edvard Munch

Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, 2017
65 x 49 cm
Print

$778

Troy Henriksen, Paysage urbain - FRAMED, Print

Troy Henriksen

Paysage urbain - FRAMED, 2012
65 x 50 cm
Print

$455

Roberto Matta, L’eau est Mana, Print

Roberto Matta

L’eau est Mana, 1974
66 x 101.6 cm
Print

$1,500

Bernard Buffet, L'agneau pascal, Print

Bernard Buffet

L'agneau pascal, 1954
49.5 x 65 cm
Print

$2,094

Our recommendations Fabrice Hyber, Pépins, Print

Fabrice Hyber

Pépins, 2019
80 x 120 cm
Print

$1,795

Camille Hilaire, L'Epte, Print

Camille Hilaire

L'Epte, 1994
74 x 74 cm
Print

$706

Zevs, Euro liquidated, Print

Zevs

Euro liquidated, 2016
107 x 66 cm
Print

$1,436

Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
50 x 70 cm
Print

$1,197

Our recommendations Guy Denning, Paradis est ici, Print

Guy Denning

Paradis est ici, 2015
65 x 92 cm
Print

$335

André Masson, Sans titre, Print

André Masson

Sans titre, 1970
65 x 50 cm
Print

$712 $838

Barthélémy Toguo, Addicted to Fashion, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Addicted to Fashion, 2017
70 x 85 x 0.1 cm
Print

$838

Tanc, Sea Scape, Print

Tanc

Sea Scape, 2019
100 x 78 cm
Print

$474

Our recommendations Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Un monde riant, Print

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
89 x 60.5 cm
Print

$766

Franck Noto a.k.a. Zest, Toy, Print

Franck Noto a.k.a. Zest

Toy, 2017
77 x 78 cm
Print

$766

Costa, Abbey road, Print

Costa

Abbey road, 2016
58 x 90 cm
Print

$598

Le CyKlop, Ulysse, Print

Le CyKlop

Ulysse, 2019
47 x 37 cm
Print

$168

Walasse Ting, Green Nude with Skirt and White Snake, Print

Walasse Ting

Green Nude with Skirt and White Snake, 1964
45.7 x 61 cm
Print

$1,500

Levalet, Status Quo, Print

Levalet

Status Quo, 2019
100 x 80 x 1 cm
Print

$598

Our recommendations Kasimir Malevitch, Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, Print

Kasimir Malevitch

Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, 2018
90 x 61.5 cm
Print

$1,185

Regina Gimenez, Sin título 1, Print

Regina Gimenez

Sin título 1, 2018
143 x 103 cm
Print

$2,393

Ron English, African Elephant, Print

Ron English

African Elephant, 2015
87 x 60.5 cm
Print

$732

Kan, London, Print

Kan

London, 2015
69 x 48 cm
Print

$641

Mel Ramos, Wonder Woman, Print

Mel Ramos

Wonder Woman, 1981
63.5 x 50.8 cm
Print

$2,500

Olivier  Masmonteil, Paysage 2017 (Hawea. NZ), Print

Olivier Masmonteil

Paysage 2017 (Hawea. NZ), 2017
79.2 x 60.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$718

Françoise Pétrovitch, Le Garçon au Squelette, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Le Garçon au Squelette, 2016
160 x 120 cm
Print

$2,393

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