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The Great Masters of Lithography
Vintage Posters of Calder, Chagall, Dufy, Léger,
Matisse, Miró, Picasso, and Others

Friday, November 6, 2009–Friday, January 22, 2010
FIAF Gallery
In partnership with Galerie Mourlot New York
Part of the series Rock, Paper, Scissors!

FIAF is pleased to extend the successful Great Masters of Lithography exhibition, featuring a collection of original color lithographs of works by great modern artists including Calder, Chagall, Dufy, Léger, Matisse, Miró, and Picasso.

In January 2010, the Gallery added vintage posters by three new artists, Kandinsky, Toulouse-Lautrec, and de Vlaminck to the collection, as well as exciting new works by Chagall, Cocteau, Leger, Matisse and Picasso.

In the early twentieth century, celebrated artists including Calder, Chagall, Dufy, Léger, Matisse, Miró, and Picasso, rediscovered the technique of lithography thanks to the Atelier Mourlot, a Parisian printshop founded in 1852 by the Mourlot family. Originally specializing in printing wallpaper, the printshop became a lithographic workshop under the leadership of the founder’s grandson, Fernand. He invited leading artists to learn the complexities of lithography, the first fundamentally new printing technology since the invention of relief printing in the fifteenth century.

Lithography revolutionized the printing world by enabling artists to work with traditional materials using classic techniques to create prints that rivaled the quality of an original painting. In the Atelier Mourlot, elite twentieth-century artists drew directly on specially prepared lithographic stones to create artworks that were then produced under the direction of master printers. The combined genius of modern artist and master printer gave rise to unique and visually striking lithographs that appeared only as limited editions.

The exhibit is presented in partnership with the prestigious Galerie Mourlot New York, which was founded in 2006 by Fernand Mourlot’s grandson, Eric Mourlot.

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The Great Masters of Lithography on Vimeo.

FIAF Gallery
22 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022

Tue–Fri, 11am–6pm
Sat, 11am–5pm
Sun & Mon, closed

Free and open
to the public

Presented in partnership with

Fall 2009 Season Sponsors: American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Culturesfrance; and the Florence Gould Foundation

Video: The Great Masters of Lithography / © Sean Basler
and Maxime Chapat / on Vimeo

Image: Opening Reception
© Matthieu Raffard

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