The Art of Lithography

Russian master artist, Valery Semenov shares with us the multiple steps involved in the tedious craft of manual printmaking.  Lithography derives from the Greek words, litho meaning stone and graphein meaning to write on.  This process was invented 220 years ago.  The image is drawn or carved into a wax that covers a smooth flat stone surface or into a thin aluminum plate.  A layer of ink is smoothed over the stone and then paper is pressed over the etching.  Few independent artists have these machines like these in their studios today. 

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Thanks to Valery Semenov and Dmitry Chuskin for providing these wonderful images