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SINCE 1862

Discover the art of printmaking

Printing Techniques

THE REVIVAL OF PRINTMAKING

In 1862 Parisian chemist François Charbonnel embarked on a new adventure. Driven by a pioneering spirit and scientific expertise, Charbonnel opened a small shop on the banks of the Seine, filled with his own brand of fine art printing materials. There had been a spectacular revival of printmaking, triggered by the recent arrival of photography. Until this point, artworks had been reproduced by engraving print methods. However, artists were beginning to rediscover lithographic processes. They needed specialist supplies and Charbonnel's newly created grounds, inks and varnishes were waiting.

Designed for intaglio, etching and lithographic printmaking, they quickly famed artists including Pissarro, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Lautrec and Signac. Soon, the reputation of Charbonnel materials spread. Today Charbonnel is synonymous with unmatched quality.

PARIS: THE CAPITAL OF ART PRINTING

TODAY, THE FUTURE

Today, over 150 years after we were founded, we not only continue to provide inks and grounds for etching and lithography but have expanded our collection to include materials for restoration, gilding, conservation and fresco painting. Now part of the Lefranc Bourgeois family, we remain the international reference for fine art printing.