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Stone printing or lithography was developed over 200 years ago by the artist and inventor Alois Senefelder (1771-1834). In addition to the invention of printing with movable type by Johannes Gutenberg (around 1400-1468) and the high-speed press by Friedrich Koenig (1774-1833), lithography is one of the three great inventions of Germany in printing.

Lithography, from the ancient Greek λίθος (stone) and γράφειν (write), is the only flat printing process that belongs to the original printing techniques.

After their invention, this printing process was initially used to print text and music. In the course of the 19th century, through experimentation and adaptation over time, lithography became an established printing process. It was not until a few years later that pictures were reproduced with the help of this technique and the way to artist lithography was paved.

A smooth stone is used as a pressure plate for the process. It is then drawn and then the stone is moistened with water. The pores of the stone soak up the water, so that when the printing ink is rolled on, only the areas marked with grease chalk or ink take on the color, but all other surfaces repel them. The actual printing process then takes place by pressing the paper directly onto the stone.

The general interest in the printing process itself is rather low, but the quality of the print plays an important role and should therefore always be checked. The special thing about a lithograph is that the works of art are produced in small editions from an original drawing by the artist.

Paul Klee - Bauhaus Card No. 5

The lithographs printed directly from the original stone are called original lithographs. These are not reproductions; an original lithograph has the potential to be of great value - even if it is 'just' a postcard from Paul Klee.

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An original work by a famous artist is often an expensive proposition. An original lithograph, on the other hand, can be quite affordable and still an exclusive work of art of quality and value. There is no mass production, just a limited number of prints. The number of prints is often recorded on the copies and sometimes they are also signed by the artist.

G nter Grass - Preferred sheet for 'Last Dances'

The selection of lithographic art is wide: abstract art, birds, animals, portraits and pen drawings. There is something for everyone here.

It's not just the big, well-known names in the art scene that are interesting: insignificant artists have also created wonderful prints, and these are often more affordable.

Henri Schmid - People in front of the Casino

It is always good to research the artist first - is there a large edition of the print or only a handful of prints? The rarity plays a role in the price. Museums and galleries are good starting points to get a first overview. Artist biographies are also helpful. Why are some lithographers more important than others?

What is the backstory of the article? Is it a single work of art or an illustration for a book or magazine? It can also originally have been part of a work and now represent a collector's item as a single piece.

Chagall - The painter and his image

The history of origin and the condition of the lithograph are important. Who were the previous owners? Is the paper damaged? Stains are not always a blemish on the beauty of a hand-printed work, but the quality of the print and paper should still be checked. After 100 years, printing can certainly have some drawbacks. Maybe the print was framed? A frame or other attachment options can also leave traces.

The most important thing at the end: The selection should always be made according to your own taste first, not after a possible increase in value. A collector's item is always first and foremost an affair of the heart.


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