Traité de Lithographie Artistique

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Lithography was invented in the 1790s by Alois Senefelder in Germany but, over the next century, became the domain of commercial and scientific printers. This French treatise of 1893 encouraged artists to return to the medium and the author, Edouard Duchâtel, listed eleven artist-contributors on the cover. Léonce Bénédicte, director of the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, wrote the introduction, and the illustrated text describes how to work directly on the stone and use various transfer papers. Two years later, a major Paris exhibition of 1895, mounted to celebrate the centennial of the technique’s invention, devoted a major section to prints by contemporary artists.

Traité de Lithographie Artistique, Written, lithographed and published in Paris by Edouard Duchâtel (French, active 1893), Lithographs

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