Color Lithographs - Color Lithography

When lithography was invented (circa 1796 by Aloys Senefelder), initial users could scarcely fathom what would come of the technique.  As a matter of fact, for the first few decades of its existence only a handful of artists used it in a truly creative way.  It was mostly used as a means to reproduce accurately.  It took a few decades for lithographs as artistic objects to gain some recognition, and another few for color to become part of that canon.  Initially used for ephemera, such as announcements, color lithography quickly became the technique of commercial poster production.  Fine art color lithography took a little while longer to develop.  The first artists to really use lithography in color to express themselves were Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and René Georges Hermann-Paul, circa 1890.  But just a few years later, the recognition they had fought for was gained, and a plethora of artist all over the Western Hemisphere were practicing this most flexible of artistic printmaking technique.  Here are some of the great examples we have found over the years.

Landscape
$1,200

Landscape

DULAC, Charles

Paysage (original French title) Lithograph printed in four colors on chine-collé on wove paper.Reference: Stein & Karshan 22.Published by L’Est...

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Nude Woman with the Blue Leaf
$1,400

Nude Woman with the Blue Leaf

MASSON, Andre

Femme Nue à la Feuille Bleue (original French title) Coor lithograph printed on Arches laid paper.Edition of 40.Signed and numbered "12/40" in pencil.

The Hour of Silence
$800

The Hour of Silence

MEUNIER, Henri

L'Heure du Silence (original French title) Printed on smooth wove paper.Published by "L'Estampe Moderne", Paris, with their stamp (Lugt 2790).From ...

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Le Jockey Sold
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Le Jockey

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, Henri de

Ref: W. 308; D. 279; A 365. Second state, second edition. Edition of 100 printed on china. An additional 12 were printed on japon. Monogramed and d...

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La Loge Sold
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La Loge

LUNOIS, Alexandre

Color lithograph on chine volant paper, 1917. Signed in blue pencil by the artist.

Allegory
$2,200

Allegory

DENIS, Maurice

Allégorie (original French title)Color lithograph on thin wove paper.Reference: Cailler 108.First plate from the album titled L’Amour.  Published b...

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Salon of the 100
$3,800

Salon of the 100

RHEAD, Louis

Salon Des Cents (original French title) Color lithograph, poster, printed on japon paper.Reference: Van Deputte 37.One of 25 impressions before let...

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Checkers Sold
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Checkers

VUILLARD, Edouard

Partie de Dames (original French title) Color lithograph printed on chine paper, as usual.Reference: Roger-Marx 32.From the only edition of 100.Fro...

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The Birth of Annette
$3,800

The Birth of Annette

VUILLARD, Edouard

La Naissance d'Annette (original French title) Copor lithograph printed on japon paper.Reference: Roger-Marx 44 ii/iii.From the second state of thr...

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The Trocadero
$1,800

The Trocadero

RIVIERE, Henri

Le Trocadéro (original French title) Color lithograph printed in 12 colors on thin smooth wove paper.Ref: Fields pg. 77.From the series "Paysages P...

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The Sunset
$2,400

The Sunset

RIVIERE, Henri

Le Coucher du Soleil (original French title) Color lithograph printed on smooth wove paper.References: Fields pg. 76; Le Stum 61.While it is from w...

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May Milton Sold
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May Milton

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, Henri de

Ref: Wittrock P 17; Delteil 356; Adhemar 149. Exceptionally fresh colors.

The Rain Shower Sold
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The Rain Shower

RIVIERE, Henri

L’Averse (original French title) Lithograph printed in smooth wove paper, 1901.Reference: Fields page 77.Plate 7 from the series La Féérie des Heur...

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From the Riverboat
$900

From the Riverboat

RIVIERE, Henri

En Bateau-Mouche (original French title) Color lithograph printed in four tones on thick wove paper.Reference: Fields page 77-78.Plate 17 from the ...

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