Printmaking Techniques

Printmaking Techniques

Our lithographs are created at the oldest Parisian printing house called “IDEM” in the Montparnasse district of Paris dating from the 19th century.

A crossroads where great French and international artists could meet, Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Chagall or Giacometti came to this workshop one after the other. Today contemporary artists such as John Armleder, Xavier Veilhan, JR and many others follow in their footsteps.

What is lithography ?

The word lithography comes from the Ancient Greek language: “lithos”, meaning “stone” and “graphein”, meaning “to write”. It was invented in 1796 by German author Alois Senefelder as an economical method of publishing theatrical works. Originally, lithographs were created through a drawing image etched onto a stone. Even if with new technologies, printmaking process has evolved, some artists and printing house are still practicing this traditional printing technique, as we are doing for the production of our lithographs on stone.

  •   Traditional techniques

Traditional lithography is based on the immiscibility of oil and water. It consists in painting or drawing with a greasy substance directly onto a flat smooth stone to create an image. The stone is then, wetted and an oil-based ink is rolled onto it. Only the greasy parts of the stone will pick up the ink. Finally, the paper and the stone are run through a press, letting the ink being transferred from the stone to the paper.

  •   Modern techniques

Modern lithography employs the same basic principle but in a more efficient way. It consists of covering a printing plate with photosensitive emulsion before the photographic negative of an image is pressed onto it. Then the plate is exposed to an ultraviolet light. Once developed, the emulsion shows a reverse of the negative image – a perfect replica of the original artwork.

How our lithographs are printed ?

We alternate between those two print methods with the objective of creating and propose the best fine prints. Each of our lithographs is numbered, signed by the artist and stamped by our publishing house. The production takes place at the oldest Parisian printing house, called IDEM, founded in 1881 where artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and even Marc Chagall used to print their artworks.


Which kind of paper do we use to print our lithographs ?

Paper quality is one of the most important element of the printing process. Artist’s choice of paper is very important in order to achieve the perfect final effect for the representation of his artwork. Respecting the wish of the artist and to satisfy you, we work exclusively with the best quality paper to make sure to have a perfect replica of the artwork, ensuring optimal results that will stand above time. For that, we used paper that is 100% cotton handmade, such as the BFK Rives or the Arches.

High Quality Art, Prints & Products

Our products are result of sophisticated techniques and the highest quality materials to ensure as precise a replication as possible. Each print is numbered and hand-signed by the artist.

We ship your Art Worldwide

We deliver your order between 2-10 business days. The delivery deadlines vary according to the item ordered.

Printed, packed & shipped with care

We treat every order with the utmost care if you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, please contact us within 24 hours after the reception of your item in order to report your complaint.

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