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Set in Stone

Lithography in Paris, 1815-1900

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 satirizing—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 color posters of the 1890s. This fully illustrated catalog showcases the highlights of the collection, offering insight into lithography’s fascinating role in the beginnings of modern mass media. 

208 pages | 130 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 | © 2018

Art: European Art

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Set in Stone: Lithography in Paris, 1815-1900 provides 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, generally speaking, and a particularly good resource for gaining an understanding of the medium’s localized context.”


Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Introduction Lithography: A New Medium and Process
L’industrie et l’art: Lithography’s Ascent in Paris 1815-1830
Actualités: Novelty, Reproduction, and Proliferation 1830-1870
L’Estampe et l’affiche: Lithography’s Renaissance 1870-1900
Selected Bibliography
Catalogue of the Exhibition

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