Discover the collection
The Dutch Museum of Lithography is the most comprehensive museum in the world on 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.
In the meantime the museum is a treasure-house of art lithos – look here at our latest acquisitions!
Catalogue for the Belgian printing firm Jean Malvaux
ca. 1907 | phototype engraving
This unique catalogue contains original examples of work from the printing firm of Jean malvaux in different printing techniques such as photolithography, similigravure and heliogravure.
An important page in this publication is a print designed by the Belgian artist Privat-Livemont (1861-1936).
Master of the Belgian art nouveau
The Dutch Museum of Lithography presents (for the first time since 1904 !) a unique retrospective of the lithographic oeuvre of Privat-Livemont, the grand master of the Belgian poster art. His work is often mentioned in one breath with prominant contemporaries such as Alphonse Mucha and Adolphe Crespin.
Privat-Livemont (1861-1936) was one of the most productive graphic artists of Belgium. His breakthrough was in 1896 with his famous advertising poster for the Belgian absinthe brand Absinthe Robette. His art nouveau-style was very much liked by Dutch, Belgian and French entrepreneurs, among which Cacao Van Houten, Boldoot and Bols.
Apart from his popular posters Privat-Livemont , as painter decorator, was also responsible for many sgrafitti drawings on art nouveau facades in Brussels.
Poster for the Dutch magazine 'Eigen Haard'
W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp (1874-1950)
Nieuwenkamp’s comprehensive oeuvre- mostly attractive, decorative and linear- belongs to the most beautiful Dutch graphic art of around 1900. This special art nouveau litho was regarded as one of the most original Dutch lithos from those years.
On the poster is a traditional girl in costume and behind her the Grote of Sint-Bavokerk in Haarlem and some historic townhouses. The composition is austere and balanced. Two techniques were used here: chromolithography and chromotypography or letterpress in colour.
Did you know …?
In 2021, this poster was on display in our exhibition “The image speaks! Art nouveau in Dutch poster art”.
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.
Litho 'Natuurwollen Ondergoederen, Jansen & Tilanus Friezenveen'
Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig (1866-1915)
A strikingly austere litho, in 1899 designed by the artist Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig
The floral decorations between the two storks lend the poster an art nouveau look. This lithographic work is remarkably businesslike for that time: Nibbrig stuck closely to the latest, international, artistic developments
It is a very rare work, that was shown during our exhibition “The image speaks! Art nouveau in Dutch poster art”.