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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.

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Metropolitan

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 couloring is predominantly even, only the purple red stain  and the blue wall give colour to the litho.

The artist 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. With this Bacon also wanted  to give an impression of the psychic and emotional condition of that person. Because of this his works often have a mysterious, dark and nasty atmosphere.

Composition was also an important factor in his work. For him the right proportion between form, colour and depth was a great part of his art. And there was a focus on emptiness.

Francis Bacon’swork is, amongst others, to be seen in the Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Municipal 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

The 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 customer for this calendar  is unknown and there are no definitive versions of this calendar. The design was issued as a decorative panel entitled Evocation: a reference to spiritual circles in which the artist found himself.

At the moment, this highlight is on loan to the Kunstmuseum in The Hague.

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Questions?

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: curator@steendrukmuseum.nl.

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.

Loan requests

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.

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