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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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Fernand Léger, Manifeste, Print

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Corneille, Unknown Title, Print

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Alexander Calder, Spirals (from the Magie éolienne portfolio), Print

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Henri Matisse, Nuit de Noël, Print

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

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Yves Brayer

Ecurie à Cacharel, 1973
49.5 x 64.5 cm
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€400

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66 x 82.5 cm
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It's A Living Ricardo Gonzalez, Synchrony I – (Orange), Print

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François Boisrond, Paris, Print

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Our recommendations René Magritte, Golconde, Print

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45 x 60 x 0.3 cm
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€700 €595

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91.12 x 70 cm
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€2,200

Our recommendations Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince, Print

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50 x 40 cm
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€150

Our recommendations René Magritte, La Victoire, Print

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60 x 45 x 0.1 cm
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€700

Hans Fohan, Tabula Rasa, Print

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68 x 55 x 0.2 cm
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€120

Margaret Lees, Olgas NT, Print

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34.5 x 35 cm
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€300

Marin Marcos, Maryse Condé, Print

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30 x 30 cm
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€800

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Composition abstraite 7, 1989
76 x 65 cm
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Ken Denning, Sans titre, Print

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Sans titre, 2019
76 x 56 cm
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€575

Antonio Segui, Sans titre (39), Print

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56 x 76 cm
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€800

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€350

Paul Jenkins, Sans titre, Print

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Sans titre, 1991
21 x 15 cm
Print

€500

Svetoslav Kosev, Divine Comedy: Paradiso- Canto XX-I, Print

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54 x 39 cm
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€1,500

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30 x 46 x 0.1 cm
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€220

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Jérusalem, 1996
63 x 90 cm
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€750

Our recommendations Jean Dubuffet, L'homme au chapeau, Print

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L'homme au chapeau, 1961
83.8 x 68.6 x 2.5 cm
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€22,350

Giorgio de Chirico, Le muse del pomeriggio, Print

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70 x 49.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

€2,990

Toctoc, Février 2104, Print

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Février 2104, 2020
90 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

€450

Max Ernst, Lewis Carroll's Wunderhorn 19, Print

Max Ernst

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33 x 25 cm
Print

€1,500

Our recommendations Dran, Géométrie, Print

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Géométrie, 2019
65 x 50 cm
Print

€2,997

Miodrag Dordevic, Sans Titre, Print

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Sans Titre, 1970
50 x 72 cm
Print

€320

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95 x 60 cm
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€700

Bernard Buffet, Les moulins, Print

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Les moulins, 1953
38 x 55.5 cm
Print

€1,750

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La Fille aux Cheveux Verts, 2021
90.4 x 62.7 x 0.1 cm
Print

€850

Jacques Monory, Meurtre n°5, Print

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Meurtre n°5, 2014
89.5 x 60 cm
Print

€420

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100 x 100 x 2 cm
Print

€750

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90 x 61.5 cm
Print

€990

Levalet, Coffret Figure - Levalet, Print

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Coffret Figure - Levalet, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm
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€2,000

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Untitled, 2019
44 x 34 cm
Print

€350

Mel Ramos, Tyra Tyre, Print

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Tyra Tyre, 2004
74.9 x 58.4 cm
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Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, 2017
65 x 49 cm
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€650

Jean Cocteau, Couple de danseurs Barcelone, Print

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Couple de danseurs Barcelone, 1956
50 x 65 x 0.2 cm
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€1,100 €990

Troy Henriksen, Blessing of a city, Print

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Blessing of a city, 2012
61 x 90 cm
Print

€500

Richard Lindner, Profile, Print

Richard Lindner

Profile, 1970
71 x 55 cm
Print

€1,300

Vladimir Velickovic, 26ème Trophée Lancôme, Print

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26ème Trophée Lancôme, 1995
75 x 54 cm
Print

€450

Gregos, Coffret Figure, Print

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Coffret Figure, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm
Print

€1,600

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Danse du soleil, 1996
56 x 76 cm
Print

€950

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Pépins, 2019
80 x 120 cm
Print

€1,500

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Toy, 2017
77 x 78 cm
Print

€685

Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print

Stoul

Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm
Print

€1,600

Our recommendations Enki Bilal, Transhumans 2, Print

Enki Bilal

Transhumans 2, 2021
76 x 56 cm
Print

€1,600

Richard Di Rosa (dit Buddy), Formel Jaune, Print

Richard Di Rosa (dit Buddy)

Formel Jaune, 2016
53 x 66 cm
Print

€500

Artiste Ouvrier, Judith Holofernes, Print

Artiste Ouvrier

Judith Holofernes, 2015
92 x 65 cm
Print

€150

Our recommendations Eduardo Chillida, Composition pour les JO, Print

Eduardo Chillida

Composition pour les JO, 1992
90 x 63 x 1 cm
Print

€5,806

Our recommendations Hervé Télémaque, Le moulin à forme, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Le moulin à forme, 1974
76 x 56 cm
Print

€400

Théo Tobiasse, Le Cantique des Cantiques I, Print

Théo Tobiasse

Le Cantique des Cantiques I, 2009
35 x 44 cm
Print

€400

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