Lovely Lithographs - From Picasso to Chagall & Miró

Most of us dream of owning an original Pablo Picasso or Joan Miró but original prints by famous artists are rare and very expensive. However, lithographic prints offer the chance to own a piece of beautiful artwork printed by a craftsman that has been reproduced in small quantities from an original image and they won't cost the world.

The term lithograph comes from the Greek words lithos, meaning "stone" and graphein, meaning "to write". Lithography is a printing process that allows an original piece of art work to be reproduced. The basic method is based on water and oil repelling each other. An image is drawn directly onto a stone tablet (usually limestone) using a greasy crayon or pencil and the stone is then covered with water. When the ink is applied to the stone, the ink is attracted to the greasy image and repelled by the water.

AbeBooks has a vast selection of lithographs - the prints below are all from the 20th century featuring bold, bright colors, many from well known artists. There are several booksellers who specialize in lithographs and their inventories are worth a look. We recommend Rare Posters as an excellent source for lithographs.

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A Selection of 20th Century Lithographic Prints:

Unsigned Lithograph printed in 1964 from an edition size of 200 Joan Miró

Unsigned lithograph printed in 1964 from an edition of 200

1965 Claude Garache Derriere le Miroir printed in 1965 Claude Garache

1965 Claude Garache "Derriere le Miroir" printed in 1965

Signed by artist, drawn in 1970 for Opus International magazine Wilfredo Lam

Signed by artist, drawn in 1970 for Opus International magazine

Original 1970 lithograph by Marc Chagall Marc Chagall

Original 1970 lithograph

Number 188 of 200 numbered and signed by German artist Otto Sander Tischbein

Number 188 of 200 numbered and signed by German artist

La Tache Rouge by Alfred Manessier, Unsigned Lithograph from an edition size of 800 Alfred Manessier

"La Tache Rouge" by Alfred Manessier, unsigned from an edition size of 800

Composition by Andre Beaudin, unsigned, printed in 1964 Andre Beaudin

"Composition" by Andre Beaudin, unsigned, printed in 1964

Signed limited edition, titled My Friend the Earth Bruno Zupan

Signed limited edition, titled "My Friend the Earth"

Original untitled abstract lithograph by Johnny Friedlaender Johnny Friedlaender

Original untitled abstract lithograph

Le Depart by Andre Masson, unsigned, from an edition size of 800 Andre Masson

"Le Depart", unsigned, from an edition of 800

Unsigned lithograph titled Enfant, printed in 1964 from an edition size of 200 Akira Kito

Unsigned lithograph titled "Enfant", printed in 1964

De Memoire D'Homme II by Pablo Picasso, unsigned, printed in 1950 Pablo Picasso

"De Memoire D'Homme II" unsigned, printed in 1950

1947 original, signed lithograph, printed by Mourlot Francisco Bores

1947, signed lithograph, printed by Parisian studio Mourlot

Number 42 of 150 numbered and signed by Heinz Trökes Heinz Trökes

Number 42 of 150 numbered and signed by German artist

Signed lithograph by artist Francis Bott Francis Bott

Signed lithograph by the artist

1965 original lithograph from French artist Jean Capdeville

1965 lithograph from French artist

Interieur Flamand by Marcel Gromaire, unsigned Lithograph printed in 1953 Marcel Gromaire

"Interieur Flamand", unsigned, printed in 1953

Leaning Tower by Pol Bury, Unsigned Lithograph from an edition size of 200. Pol Bury

"Leaning Tower", unsigned lithograph

Signed and dated by Voss, printed on handmade paper Jan Voss

Signed and dated by Voss, printed on handmade paper

Cavalier lithograph printed in 1967 Marino Marini

"Cavalier" lithograph printed in 1967

Signed limited edition titled Mohammad Sami Burhan

Signed limited edition titled "Yes to Life - No to Drugs" by the Syrian-born painter

Stars, original lithograph from 1938, signed by Kandinsky Wassily Kandinsky

"Stars", from 1938, signed by the artist

Original lithograph from French painter Maurice Estève. Maurice Estève

Lithograph from French painter

Printed in 1975 by Mourlot, signed in the plate by artist Enrico Baj

Printed in 1975 by Parisian studio Mourlot, signed in the plate by artist

Stone Steps, signed and dated by Silke Leverkühne Silke Leverkühne

"Stone Steps", signed and dated by the artist

1967 original lithograph, one of 60 signed impressions Paul Wunderlich

1967 original lithograph, one of 60 signed impressions

1974 signed original lithograph Wilfredo Lam

1974 lithograph signed by artist

Original colour lithograph by André Masson, signed in the stone André Masson

Color lithograph signed by artist in the stone

1938 original lithograph by America author Abraham Rattner Abraham Rattner

1938 lithograph by this America artist

Original lithorgraph from 1970 by painter and sculptor Marino Marini Marino Marini

Lithograph from 1970 by this painter and sculptor

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