Jan 18, 2006

The Genius of Lithography

The Genius of Lithography


Nicolas Henri Jacob

(French, 1782–1871)

Crayon lithograph with brush and scratchwork

Support: Medium weight wove paper

Sheet: 26.7 x 19.9 cm (10 1/2 x 7 13/16 in.); Image: 19 x 16.3 cm (7 1/2 x 6 7/16 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1999.39

Catalogue raisonné: Inv. du fonds français après 1800 Vol. XI.72.13



The Genius of Lithography celebrates the new printmaking technique (invented in 1798) that revolutionized illustration and enabled the reproduction of images at a reasonable cost, since numerous impressions can be printed from the lithographic stone. Artists liked the medium's flexibility: while rich blacks could be achieved for shadows, and every tone of gray was possible, a sharp point could scratch white highlights into dark areas.

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