CHROMOLITHOGRAPHY is a unique method for making multi-colour prints . This type of colour printing stemmed from the process of lithography , and includes all types of lithography that are printed in colour. When chromolithography is used to reproduce photographs, the term photochrome is frequently used. Lithographers sought to find a way to print on flat surfaces with the use of chemicals instead of raised relief or recessed intaglio techniques.
* 1 Process * 2 Origins * 3 Arrival in the United States * 4 Opposition to chromolithography
* 5 Famous printers
* 5.1 Louis Prang * 5.2 Lothar Meggendorfer * 5.3 August Hoen * 5.4 Rufus Bliss * 5.5 M. "> Uncle Sam Supplying the World with Berry Brothers Hard Oil Finish, c. 1880. This cheaply produced chromolithographic advertisement employs a technique called stippling, with heavy reliance on the initial black line print.
Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography, introduced the subject
of colored lithography in his 1818 Vollstaendiges Lehrbuch der
Steindruckerey (A Complete Course of Lithography), where he told of
his plans to print using colour and explained the colours he wished to
be able to print someday. Although Senefelder recorded plans for
chromolithography, printers in other countries, such as
ARRIVAL IN THE UNITED STATES
1872 chromolithograph of roadside inn, published in Maryland
The first American chromolithograph—a portrait of Reverend F. W. P.
Greenwood —was created by William Sharp in 1840. Many of the
chromolithographs were created and purchased in urban areas. The
paintings were initially used as decoration in American parlours as
well as for decoration within middle-class homes. They were prominent
after the Civil War because of their low production costs and ability
to be mass-produced , and because the methods allowed pictures to look
more like hand-painted oil paintings . Production costs were only low
if the chromolithographs were cheaply produced, but top-quality
chromos were costly to produce because of the necessary months of work
and the thousands of dollars worth of equipment that had to be used.
Although chromos could be mass-produced, it took about three months to
draw colours onto the stones and another five months to print a
thousand copies. Chromolithographs became so popular in American
culture that the era has been labeled as “chromo civilization”.
Over time, during the
OPPOSITION TO CHROMOLITHOGRAPHY
Even though chromolithographs served many uses within society at the time, many were opposed to the idea of them because of their lack of authenticity. The new forms of art were sometimes tagged as "bad art" because of their deceptive qualities. Some also felt that it could not serve as a form of art at all since it was too mechanical, and that the true spirit of a painter could never be captured in a printed version of a work. Over time, chromos were made so cheaply that they could no longer be confused with original paintings. Since production costs were low, the fabrication of chromolithographs became more a business than the creation of art.
A famous lithographer and publisher who strongly supported the production of chromolithographs was Louis Prang . Prang was a German-born entrepreneur who printed the first American Christmas card . He felt that chromolithographs could look just as good as, if not better than, real paintings, and he published well-known chromolithographs based on popular paintings, including one by Eastman Johnson entitled The Barefoot Boy. The reason Prang decided to take on the challenge of producing chromolithographs, despite criticisms, was because he felt quality art should not be limited to the elite. Prang and others who continued to produce chromolithographs were sometimes looked down upon because of the fear that chromolithographs could undermine human abilities. With the Industrial Revolution already under way, this fear was not something new to Americans at the time. Many artists themselves anticipated the lack of desire for original artwork since many became accustomed to chromolithographs. As a way to make more sales, some artists had a few paintings made into chromolithographs so that people in society would at least be familiar with the painter. Once people in society were familiar with the artist, they were more likely to want to pay for an original work.
German chromolithographers, largely based in
A. Hoen & Co. , led by German immigrant August Hoen, were a prominent lithography house now known primarily for its stunning E.T. Paull sheet music covers. They also made advertisements, maps, and cigar box art. Hoen and his brothers Henry and Ernest took over the E. Weber Company in the mid-1850s upon Edward Weber's death. August Hoen's son Alfred ran the firm from 1886 throughout the early 20th century.
Rufus Bliss founded R. Bliss Mfg. Co., which was located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island from 1832 to 1914. The Bliss company is best known for their highly sought after paper litho on wood dollhouses . They also made many other lithoed toys, including boats, trains, and building blocks.
M. "> "Love or Duty", a chromolithograph by
Chromolithographs are mainly used today as fine art instead of advertisements, and they are hard to find because of poor preservation and cheaper forms of printing replaced it. Many chromolithographs have deteriorated because of the acidic frames surrounding them. As stated earlier, production costs of chromolithographs were low, but efforts were still being made to find a cheaper way to mass-produce colored prints. Although purchasing a chromolithograph may have been cheaper than purchasing a painting, it was still expensive in comparison to other colour printing methods which were later developed. Offset printing replaced chromolithography in the late 1930s.
To find or purchase a lithograph, some suggest searching for examples with the original frame as well as the publisher's stamp. Both European and American chromolithographs can still be found, and can range in cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The least expensive chromos tend to be European or produced by publishers who are less well-known compared to Prang.
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