Rock, Paper...Lithography from the Permanent Collection

Author: Gina Costa


On view August 24 through November 16, 2014

The Snite Museum of Art continues its celebration of printmaking with a focus exhibition of ten lithographs, many of them new acquisitions or never before displayed, with the presentation of Rock-Paper . . . . Lithographs from the Permanent Collection.

Part one of this two-part series examines lithography from its invention in 1798 through its many technical and functioinal developments in the 1800s.

Lithographs are prints made from a stone with a design drawn onto it with a greasy crayon. Unlike etchings and engravings, which are made from metal plates with the design incised into the surface, lithographs are more fluid and look like drawings. Its tonal range and the large quantity of impressions that can be pulled from a lithographic stone are two of the advantages it has over etchings and engravings.