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The Dutch Museum of Lithography is the only comprehensive museum in the world about stoneprinting and lithography. Since 2001 the museum has taken care of the preservation of this graphic heritage. This is partly due to the impressive collection assembled by the founder of the museum Ir. Peter-Louis Vrijdag.
The collection of the museum comprises, among others, advertising posters of well-known artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Kees van Dongen en Jan Sluijters.
Francis Bacon (1909 – 1992)
1975 | litho
In 1975 the British expressionist artist Francis Bacon is honoured with a big exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This lithograph was issued on the occasion of this exhibition and based on the middle panel of his Tryptich (1974-1977), and named The Human Body.
The work depicts a deformed human body in the middle of a big space against a black background. It is surrounded by two enlarged male portraits and another deformed figure. The colouring is predominantly even, only the purple red stain and the blue wall give colour to the litho.
Francis Bacon is considered to be an expressionist, although his work emits something surrealistic because of its hideous and fanciful forms. In his oeuvre, the artist especially incorporates deformed bodies and faces: it seems a reflection on the vulnerability of the human body. Bacon also wanted to give an impression of the psychic and emotional condition of his subject. This explains why his artworks often carry a mysterious, dark and creepy atmosphere.
Composition was also an important factor in his work. For Bacon, the right proportion between form, colour and depth was a great part of his art. Also, there was a focus on emptiness.
The work of Francis Bacon is, amongst others, to be seen in the Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and in the Dutch Museum of Lithography in Valkenswaard.
L'Année Qui Vient
Alphonse Mucha (1869-1939)
1897 | calendar page | 97 x 35,5 cm | druk: F. Champenois, Parijs
This calendar from 1897, made for the year 1898, was printed at the printing firm of F.Champenois in Paris. It is a very rare work. The commissioner for this calendar is unknown, and there are no final editions of this calendar. The design was issued as a decorative panel entitled Evocation: a reference to the spiritual circles in which the artist found himself.
At the moment, this highlight is on loan to the Kunstmuseum in The Hague.
If you have any questions about the collection of the Dutch Museum of Lithography, or are interested in a collaboration, please contact our curator Frédèrique van Duppen by phone: +31 (0)6 4251 7392 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Le vieux roi
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
1959 | litho | 65,1 x 49,9 cm
The Spanish painter Picasso is probably one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Although he is most well-known for his cubist paintings, he also experimented with other artforms among which sculpture, ceramics and of course lithography.
The Dutch Museum of Lithography owns a beautiful collection of lithographic art and other objects. The museum provides these works of art and objects on loan to iniatives such as exhibitions or art institutions at home and abroad.
If you have a loan request, please contact us and add the following information:
- Name and contact data of the loaner;
- A short description of the exhibition or the purpose of the loan;
- The duration of the loan.