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

Sold for $700
sold
1965 Claude Garache Derriere le Miroir printed in 1965 Claude Garache

1965 Claude Garache "Derriere le Miroir" printed in 1965

$175
Signed by artist, drawn in 1970 for Opus International magazine Wilfredo Lam

Signed by artist, drawn in 1970 for Opus International magazine

$337
Original 1970 lithograph by Marc Chagall Marc Chagall

Original 1970 lithograph

Sold for $150
sold
Number 188 of 200 numbered and signed by German artist Otto Sander Tischbein

Number 188 of 200 numbered and signed by German artist

Sold for $168
sold
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

$250
Composition by Andre Beaudin, unsigned, printed in 1964 Andre Beaudin

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

$250
Signed limited edition, titled My Friend the Earth Bruno Zupan

Signed limited edition, titled "My Friend the Earth"

Sold for $100
sold
Original untitled abstract lithograph by Johnny Friedlaender Johnny Friedlaender

Original untitled abstract lithograph

$375
Le Depart by Andre Masson, unsigned, from an edition size of 800 Andre Masson

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

$250
Unsigned lithograph titled Enfant, printed in 1964 from an edition size of 200 Akira Kito

Unsigned lithograph titled "Enfant", printed in 1964

$250
De Memoire D'Homme II by Pablo Picasso, unsigned, printed in 1950 Pablo Picasso

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

$1000
1947 original, signed lithograph, printed by Mourlot Francisco Bores

1947, signed lithograph, printed by Parisian studio Mourlot

Sold for $90
sold
Number 42 of 150 numbered and signed by Heinz Trökes Heinz Trökes

Number 42 of 150 numbered and signed by German artist

$180
Signed lithograph by artist Francis Bott Francis Bott

Signed lithograph by the artist

$220
1965 original lithograph from French artist Jean Capdeville

1965 lithograph from French artist

$125
Interieur Flamand by Marcel Gromaire, unsigned Lithograph printed in 1953 Marcel Gromaire

"Interieur Flamand", unsigned, printed in 1953

Sold for $250
sold
Leaning Tower by Pol Bury, Unsigned Lithograph from an edition size of 200. Pol Bury

"Leaning Tower", unsigned lithograph

$250
Signed and dated by Voss, printed on handmade paper Jan Voss

Signed and dated by Voss, printed on handmade paper

Sold for $280
sold
Cavalier lithograph printed in 1967 Marino Marini

"Cavalier" lithograph printed in 1967

$300
Signed limited edition titled Mohammad Sami Burhan

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

Sold for $125
sold
Stars, original lithograph from 1938, signed by Kandinsky Wassily Kandinsky

"Stars", from 1938, signed by the artist

Sold for $350
sold
Original lithograph from French painter Maurice Estève. Maurice Estève

Lithograph from French painter

Sold for $112
sold
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

$112
Stone Steps, signed and dated by Silke Leverkühne Silke Leverkühne

"Stone Steps", signed and dated by the artist

Sold for $123
sold
1967 original lithograph, one of 60 signed impressions Paul Wunderlich

1967 original lithograph, one of 60 signed impressions

$450
1974 signed original lithograph Wilfredo Lam

1974 lithograph signed by artist

Sold for $550
sold
Original colour lithograph by André Masson, signed in the stone André Masson

Color lithograph signed by artist in the stone

Sold for $175
sold
1938 original lithograph by America author Abraham Rattner Abraham Rattner

1938 lithograph by this America artist

Sold for $175
sold
Original lithorgraph from 1970 by painter and sculptor Marino Marini Marino Marini

Lithograph from 1970 by this painter and sculptor

$100

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