There were machines and presses there, but also the lithographs themselves, not a huge but interesting collection of works.
Interesting to realize that the famous ‘I Want You” poster was in fact originally produced using lithography:
The works ranged from relatively old and classical to modern, and up to fairly contemporary ones. My selection is skewed to the latter, the earliest work I have is Mephistopheles by Eugène Delacroix (c. 1828 – apparently, it’s a very famous work, it’s used to illustrate the wikipedia page about this creature):
Few later works:
The Peacock, by Dutch artist Theo van Hoytema (c.1895)
Nude, by Simon Moulijn (c. 1914)
I didn’t know the name before, it seems that he was a known artist, specialized in lithography.
Jan Toorop – Heads (1922)
Wassily Kandinsky – Composition (1923)
Pablo Picasso – La Vieux Roi (1959)
Marc Chagall – Adam and Eva, and the Forbidden Fruit (1960)
I didn’t know that many of the works by Toulouse-Lautrec were, in fact, lithographies:
They also show in the museum the way how these multi-colored posters had been created:
Le Corbusier – Femme a la main levée (1954); this work can be another candidate for a ‘mirror’ one; current title, Woman with a Raised Hand, means nothing, it’s more likely that she’s doing her hairs (and we see a small mirror on a table in front of her):
I’ve posted here examples of ‘high art’, but lithograph was also widely used to create more pragmatic stuff, like posters, packaging and other print-work:
Lithographic prints had been also widely used for map-making, but I took just a couple of pics; to study this area, I’d love to have more time than we did, to look at these maps more carefully (and ideally to also took better pictures, the light in this hall was terrible).
Book illustrations was another obvious area of application of the technique:
There were more examples, but I took pictures of just a couple of book covers:
One of the first manuals on lithography, illustrated with the lithographs, of course:
Another large and commercially important area for lithography was cigar rings, or band; currently nearly extinct, it was hugely popular format back then:
Enlarged posters showing the process of printing one such ring (it was taking 20 steps to make it):
Piece of folk-art, a mosaic made of the cigar bands:
(Smoking) Goes from father to son; few companies would venture with this message today.
Tobacco was important, but far from the only packaged goods where lithography was used to make both packaging and promotion materials:
Envelopes for vinyl discs
The last (in the posting, that is) are games, of all kind, that became widespread also because of the ease with which their boards could be printed now:
Some of these games used display-like features 🙂
Small, but a really interesting museum.