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Printmaking Methods/Lithography

Nicholas-Henri Jacob, Inspriration Evoking Lithography, 1819, lithograph, Museum purchase, 1989.133

Through July 31, 2005

One in a series of exhibitions to explain the history and techniques of printmaking, this installation delves into lithography, a technique that uses the antipathy of water and oil to make prints. Using fine examples and technical material drawn from the permanent collection of the Worcester Art Museum, the exhibition illustrates the principles and procedures of lithography and charts its history from its inception in Germany to its basis as the foundation of modern production printing. Featured artists include European Old Masters Francisco Goya and Eugène Delacroix, 19th-century lithographers like Honoré Daumier and James McNeill Whistler, and modern artists Jasper Johns and Robert Raushenberg.

Generous support provided by the Bernard G. and Louise B. Palitz Fund and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

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