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.
Unsigned lithograph printed in 1964 from an edition of 200
1965 Claude Garache "Derriere le Miroir" printed in 1965
Signed by artist, drawn in 1970 for Opus International magazine
Original 1970 lithograph
Number 188 of 200 numbered and signed by German artist
"La Tache Rouge" by Alfred Manessier, unsigned from an edition size of 800
"Composition" by Andre Beaudin, unsigned, printed in 1964
Signed limited edition, titled "My Friend the Earth"
Original untitled abstract lithograph
"Le Depart", unsigned, from an edition of 800
Unsigned lithograph titled "Enfant", printed in 1964
"De Memoire D'Homme II" unsigned, printed in 1950
1947, signed lithograph, printed by Parisian studio Mourlot
Number 42 of 150 numbered and signed by German artist
Signed lithograph by the artist
1965 lithograph from French artist
"Interieur Flamand", unsigned, printed in 1953
"Leaning Tower", unsigned lithograph
Signed and dated by Voss, printed on handmade paper
"Cavalier" lithograph printed in 1967
Signed limited edition titled "Yes to Life - No to Drugs" by the Syrian-born painter
"Stars", from 1938, signed by the artist
Lithograph from French painter
Printed in 1975 by Parisian studio Mourlot, signed in the plate by artist
"Stone Steps", signed and dated by the artist
1967 original lithograph, one of 60 signed impressions
1974 lithograph signed by artist
Color lithograph signed by artist in the stone
1938 lithograph by this America artist
Lithograph from 1970 by this painter and sculptor