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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Prints

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Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

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

€750

Louis Toffoli, L'étameur, Print

Louis Toffoli

L'étameur, 1986
50 x 65 cm
Print

€275

Enki Bilal, Transhumans 2, Print

Enki Bilal

Transhumans 2, 2021
76 x 56 cm
Print

€1,600

Claude Weisbuch, L'écuyer, Print

Claude Weisbuch

L'écuyer, 1985
30 x 40 cm
Print

€150

Joan Miró, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Joan Miró

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm
Print

€5,000

Kaï Aspire, Love vs Money, Print

Kaï Aspire

Love vs Money, 2017
71.1 x 50.8 cm
Print

€4,125

Raya Sorkine, La mariée aux roses rouges, Print

Raya Sorkine

La mariée aux roses rouges, 1990
20 x 13 x 1 cm
Print

€125

Max Ernst, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Max Ernst

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm
Print

€1,900

Jean Dubuffet, Affiche - Festival d'automne, Print

Jean Dubuffet

Affiche - Festival d'automne, 1973
70 x 52 cm
Print

€1,440

Joan Bennàssar, Homme avec casquette noire, Print

Joan Bennàssar

Homme avec casquette noire, 2003
105 x 63 x 0.2 cm
Print

€605

Josep Moscardó, Barcelona, Print

Josep Moscardó

Barcelona, 2021
59 x 107 cm
Print

€500

Richard Texier, Le guetteur de sens, Print

Richard Texier

Le guetteur de sens, 1955
66 x 50 cm
Print

€600

Larry Rivers, Carnegie Hall from the Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary Portfolio, Print

Larry Rivers

Carnegie Hall from the Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary Portfolio, 1990
144.8 x 101.6 cm
Print

€5,156

Zao Wou-Ki, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm
Print

€4,900

Charles Levier, Girl in Blue, Print

Charles Levier

Girl in Blue, 1970
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Print

€559

Gustave Singier, Envol, Print

Gustave Singier

Envol, 1971
65.5 x 50 cm
Print

€650

Théo Tobiasse, Babylone depuis la dernière aube, Print

Théo Tobiasse

Babylone depuis la dernière aube, 1999
61 x 91 x 0.1 cm
Print

€510

Mark Kostabi, Factory, Print

Mark Kostabi

Factory, 1985
56.5 x 76.2 cm
Print

€2,148

Henry Moore, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Henry Moore

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
26 x 35.5 cm
Print

€1,900

Al Hirschfeld, Josephine Baker in Paris - Chez Josephine, Print

Al Hirschfeld

Josephine Baker in Paris - Chez Josephine, 2003
68.6 x 53.3 cm
Print

€2,148

Graham Sutherland, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Graham Sutherland

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm
Print

€1,200

Nissan Engel, Carnaval, Print

Nissan Engel

Carnaval, 1931
80.5 x 40 cm
Print

€350

Jean-Michel Atlan, Sans Titre, Print

Jean-Michel Atlan

Sans Titre, 1959
55.5 x 44.5 cm
Print

€1,200

Alfred Manessier, L'enfant dans la cité des ombres, Print

Alfred Manessier

L'enfant dans la cité des ombres, 1978
38 x 28.5 cm
Print

€300

Michèle Battut, Venise, Print

Michèle Battut

Venise, 1946
73.5 x 90 cm
Print

€180

Martin Bigum, Multiple, Print

Martin Bigum

Multiple, 2021
28 x 21 cm
Print

€135

Pierre Risch, Le secret, Print

Pierre Risch

Le secret, 1943
50 x 66 cm
Print

€100

Jean-Michel Noquet, Sur la côte Normande, Print

Jean-Michel Noquet

Sur la côte Normande, 1950
60.5 x 81 cm
Print

€120

Osanne Nègre, Bocage aux limosas, Print

Osanne Nègre

Bocage aux limosas, 1934
65 x 50 cm
Print

€150

George Braque, "Lettera Amorosa" : Le rapace, Print

George Braque

"Lettera Amorosa" : Le rapace, 1963
38 x 28 cm
Print

€3,800

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

€720

Arman, Violons bleus, Print

Arman

Violons bleus, 2000
75.5 x 59 x 0.2 cm
Print

€1,400

Corneille, La venue de l’oiseau, Print

Corneille

La venue de l’oiseau, 1999
52 x 66 cm
Print

€650

Pablo Picasso, Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, Print

Pablo Picasso

Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, 1947
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm
Print

€9,500

Our recommendations Egon Schiele, La Mère et l'Enfant / The Mother & the Child (Edith Schiele and nephew / Edith Schiele und Neffe / Edith Schiele et son neveu) - 1915, Print

Egon Schiele

La Mère et l'Enfant / The Mother & the Child (Edith Schiele and nephew / Edith Schiele und Neffe / Edith Schiele et son neveu) - 1915, 2014
76 x 54 cm
Print

€725

Felipe Pantone, Integration System P01 FP377YYF, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System P01 FP377YYF, 2019
64 x 64 cm
Print

€2,000

Didier Lourenço, Rocas, Print

Didier Lourenço

Rocas, 2006
40 x 97 cm
Print

€580

Antoni Tapies, Untitled - Berlin Suite, Print

Antoni Tapies

Untitled - Berlin Suite, 1974
76 x 56 x 0.1 cm
Print

€1,900

Levalet, Coffret Figure - Levalet, Print

Levalet

Coffret Figure - Levalet, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm
Print

€2,000

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude de Fille, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille, 1998
26 x 36 x 1 cm
Print

€1,200

Brusk (DMV), Bullet In Your Mouth, Print

Brusk (DMV)

Bullet In Your Mouth, 2019
98 x 76 cm
Print

€681

Toctoc, Février 2104, Print

Toctoc

Février 2104, 2020
90 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

€450

Eduardo Arroyo, Servicio Secreto, Print

Eduardo Arroyo

Servicio Secreto, 1995
33 x 25.5 cm
Print

€790

Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print

Stoul

Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm
Print

€1,600

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Les oeufs hors le nid, Print

Alexander Calder

Les oeufs hors le nid, 1976
49 x 66 cm
Print

€3,500

Wifredo Lam, Demoiselle Blasonnée, Print

Wifredo Lam

Demoiselle Blasonnée, 1974
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Print

€800

Our recommendations Henri Matisse, Nu assis dans un fauteuil, une jambe repliée, Print

Henri Matisse

Nu assis dans un fauteuil, une jambe repliée, 1922
38.8 x 25.7 x 0.1 cm
Print

€20,500

Paul Jenkins, Sans titre, Print

Paul Jenkins

Sans titre, 1991
21 x 15 cm
Print

€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

€600

Antonio Segui, Enrique Maïdana, Print

Antonio Segui

Enrique Maïdana, 2019
47 x 37 cm
Print

€200

Bom.K, Urban Kontortion, Print

Bom.K

Urban Kontortion, 2015
90 x 67 cm
Print

€627

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

€650

Fernand Léger, Nature morte à la Coupe de Fruit, Print

Fernand Léger

Nature morte à la Coupe de Fruit, 1950
55 x 75.5 x 0.2 cm
Print

€4,200

Gregos, Coffret Figure, Print

Gregos

Coffret Figure, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm
Print

€1,600

Hom Nguyen, Human, Print

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2020
122 x 80 x 3 cm
Print

€2,650

Bernard Buffet, Les moulins, Print

Bernard Buffet

Les moulins, 1953
38 x 55.5 cm
Print

€1,400 €1,750

François Avril, Bretagne - Vert, Print

François Avril

Bretagne - Vert, 2018
64 x 90.5 cm
Print

€450

Nicola Simbari, On the Beach, Print

Nicola Simbari

On the Beach, 1977
72 x 99.3 x 0.1 cm
Print

€375 €500

Gustav Klimt, La Fille aux bas de soie sur le Tabouret / The Girl with silk stockings sitting on the stool - 1910 (Sitzende mit gerafftem Rock / Seated Female Semi-Nude in Patterned Dress, Her Head Resting on Her Right Knee), Print

Gustav Klimt

La Fille aux bas de soie sur le Tabouret / The Girl with silk stockings sitting on the stool - 1910 (Sitzende mit gerafftem Rock / Seated Female Semi-Nude in Patterned Dress, Her Head Resting on Her Right Knee), 2012
87 x 59 cm
Print

€1,100

John Wentz, A Northern Sign, Print

John Wentz

A Northern Sign, 2020
97 x 74 cm
Print

€501

Rafael Alberti, Horse Flies, Print

Rafael Alberti

Horse Flies, 1970
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Print

€450

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

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
89 x 60.5 cm
Print

€657

Tilt, Norma Jeane, Print

Tilt

Norma Jeane, 2015
68.5 x 68.5 cm
Print

€776

Alberto Magnelli, Abstract Composition with Red, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Abstract Composition with Red, 1965
65 x 50.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

€900

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