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Always something quirky

The Italian artist Leonetto Cappiello (1875-1942) was one of the most important international poster designers and is generally known as ‘the father of modern advertising’. In the fin de siècle of Paris, Cappiello distinguished himself from his predecessors Jules Chéret (1836-1932) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) by depicting subjects in an entirely distinctive way. There is ‘always something quirky to be found in his work’, as an art critic wrote following an exhibition in 1935. Cappiello had started his artistic career as a caricaturist and settled in the French capital in 1898 to make caricatures of figures from the theatre world and the high society. Inspired by the many posters that decorated the Parisian boulevards, Cappiello decided to focus on designing advertisements. He soon developed his own unique style, that immediately caught the eye: the modern poster was born.

Leonetto Cappiello



Explore the world of stone printing at the Dutch Museum of Lithography! Plan your visit and book your tickets online.

From stone
to chip

Alois Senefelder invented stone printing and lithography in 1798. He provided the world with the ultimate technique for producing images quickly, massively and cheaply (and from 1837, also in colour). This centuries-old craft is still alive and kicking: today’s offset printing and even the microchip would not have come about without Senefelder’s invention!

The Dutch Museum of Lithography in Valkenswaard not only shows all kinds of lithographic printing, but also the technique that made it possible. You are more than welcome to come and discover all the historical, artistic and technical aspects of lithography in our museum and workshop.

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Do you care about the Dutch Museum of Lithography and want to support us? Become a friend of the museum, sponsor or contributor! With your support, we can keep lithography alive.


The collection of the Dutch Museum of Lithography includes book illustrations, cartography, advertising panels and lithography of famous artists such as Kees van Dongen, Alphonse Mucha, Adolphe Willette and Jan Sluyters, but also playing cards, labels, postcards, prints, caricatures and (satirical) magazines. In addition to the permanent collection, the Dutch Museum of Lithography regularly presents a new exhibition highlighting a special artist or a specific theme.


Get creative in our workshop! Lithography is a surface printing technique, which is based on the repelling effect of grease and water. During our lithography workshops, you will learn the basics of this age-old craft at entry-level. Create your own design in our workshop, enjoy a delicious lunch and print (with our help) your own drawing on a traditional stone printing press.


Our curator will introduce you to the world of lithography and lithographic art during lectures. These lectures are an absolute must for every art lover!


Explore the world of stone printing at the Dutch Museum of Lithography! Plan your visit and book your tickets online.

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