Our “Modern Prints”, in the majority of cases, are posters designed by artists with the intention to advertise their exhibitions. These posters are based on an original draft by the artist. The dates printed relate to the date of the poster’s original production. In many cases the lettering was also designed by the artist.
Many of these lithographs were printed by the Mourlot brothers, who revolutionised the process throughout the 20th Century. Through the Mourlots' ingenuity, the exhibition poster was, for the first time, prepared and produced as a work of art in its own right. The influence of the Mourlots transformed lithography into a painter’s medium.