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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.

The Sunset Sold
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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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