Art gallery,

artist's studio Biarritz


Charly N'doumbe photographer Biarritz,

limited edition photos, lithography paintings, interior decoration,

Charly N'doumbe 

Discovered in Germany by Aloys Senefelder in 1798, it was not until 1820 that lithography became commercially popular. Compared to earlier techniques such as engraving and etching, lithography was easier and more versatile. Prints of local views, famous people and other common prints, such as illustrated banknotes, could be produced quickly and cheaply. Originally, lithography used stone as the printing surface (lithography meaning "drawing on stone"), but the Bavarian limestone most suitable for production was eventually replaced by zinc (from 1830) and later by aluminum (from 1890).


Lithography is a mechanical planographic process where the inked and uninked parts of the plate are at the same level. The motifs are drawn or painted with greasy ink or pencils on a stone plate, moistened with water. When a grease ink is applied, it adheres only to the areas of the plate where the design is located. The print is then produced in a doctoring press that slides the paper against the inked surface of the design. This process allowed greater versatility for the artist and printer, as the action of drawing on stone was similar to drawing on paper, as opposed to printing on wood or metal.