This installation, drawn entirely from the Museum’s permanent collection, stands as a complement to the large concurrent exhibition dedicated to Toulouse-Lautrec. A selection of approximately 20 prints, A Century of Lithography documents the history of lithographic printmaking from the early 19th until the early 20th-century. Invented in the late 18th-century, lithography first came into broad use by artists during the Romantic era, and this installation will include prints by Eugène Delacroix, Théodore Géricault, and others of their generation. As these printmakers were at work, publishers discovered that thousands of impressions could be made from a lithographic stone, and it became the medium of choice for popular journals and posters; satirical prints by Honoré Daumier and Paul Gavarni will document that phenomenon. As the 19th-century proceeded, artists continued to explore the range of effects possible in the medium, and the selection to be shown at the Museum will include examples by Whistler, Redon, and Sargent, along with a group of examples taken from the Museum’s large collection of prints by Albert Belleroche.

Honoré Daumier. Lovers of classical art more and more convinced that art is lost in France, 1852. Lithograph. 1994:10