Between the wars Paris was the international centre of the art world, and by consequence
printmaking flourished there for the majority of leading artists. Studios devoted
to making prints such as that of Mourlot were extremely influential and produced
Lithographs and Etchings of a technical excellence that remains unsurpassed today.
Mourlots Lithographs were produced under the direction of the individual artist who
produced the original plate and only in limited numbers. Once the edition was complete
the stones used were ground down making later editions impossible.
Original prints can only be described as such if the artist concerned has had some
direct input in the process. Anything which has been photographically printed can
never be described as original.
Lithograph or Reproduction
In order to ascertain whether it is an authentic or an (offset lithograph ie a reproduction
done by photo-mechanical process) a close examination will reveal a regular pattern
of coloured dots similar to that of a coloured comic in a newspaper, this tells you
it is not an authentic Lithograph.
Many of the Lithographs we have for sale were specially produced in de-luxe format
periodicals in loose portfolio limited editions by the major artists of the time
and usually on high-quality paper or best wove.
They were mostly published from (1940 until 1982) in France by the Gallery Maeght
and printed by the Litho Masters, Studio Mourlot.
The intention was to give people the chance to buy affordable works of art by the
As to the value of prints, this can most often be determined by the importance of
the artist, the rarity and obviously the quality and sharpness of image with no blemishes