Set in Stone : Lithography in Paris, 1815-1900 - the exhibition catalogue from Zimmerli Art Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Set in Stone : Lithography in Paris, 1815-1900

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'a comprehensive examination of multiple aspects of lithography's development and impact, both artistically and commercially speaking, in its epicenter. . . . A welcome addition to the literature on lithography' -ARLIS/NA

A beautiful book of highlights from the Zimmerli Art Museum's renowned collection of French prints and posters

Invented in the late eighteenth century, lithography introduced a new process and new opportunities for the creation and circulation of printed images. Artists, printers, and publishers embraced the new medium for its relative ease and economic advantages as compared with the established printmaking media of woodcut, engraving, and etching. Taking root in Paris after the fall of Napoleon’s empire, the art and industry of lithography grew in tandem with the city as it became Europe’s artistic and urban capital over the course of the nineteenth century. Lithographs played a distinct role in both documenting and advancing—not to mention satirising—the various competing art movements of the period.

Known for its collection of French prints and posters, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University has rich holdings of lithographs made over the course of the 1800s, from lithography’s early years in Paris to the iconic colour posters of the 1890s. This fully illustrated catalogue showcases the highlights of the collection, including works by Delacroix, Manet and Daumier, offering insight into lithography’s fascinating role in the beginnings of modern mass media. 

  • Author: Christine Giviskos, curator of prints, drawings, and European art at the Zimmerli Art Museum 
  • Hardcover: 184 pages | 130 colour illustrations
  • Date published:  April 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3777429946
  • Product Dimensions: 30.0 x 24 cm

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