Marcel Mouly has shown his mastery in painting by creating compositions involving a dynamic use of light and color. However, he also became a master at print making, specifically in lithography. He set out on this creative endeavor when he was in Morocco, and started creating prints in the 1960s.  He worked in a studio in France equipped with essential lithography tools such as ink, rollers, limestone slabs, and traditional 19th century presses.  He relied on teamwork when it came to creating lithographs, and valued the process of making multicolored prints.

Yachtmen au Ciel Bleu

(Yachtmen Under the Blue Sky)

by Marcel Mouly

In his lithograph called Yachtmen au Ciel Bleu (Yachtmen Under the Blue Sky), Mouly demonstrates using multiple colors in a single print. This involves using a different limestone slab for each color. With a variety of colors in this particular print, Mouly shows his attention to detail and eye for precision. This print is dominated by blue, but Mouly adds touches of bold and bright colors that defines his skill of light and color.


by Marcel Mouly

In Mouly’s lithograph entitled Interior, he is able to convey a painter-like composition with loose marks that imitate brush strokes; even with his bold style and quick strokes, viewers can still see and feel the interior of the room. Using a simple color palette, he creates an atmosphere that is subdued, almost melancholic, yet visually striking.

The practice of print making may be diminishing, but Marcel Mouly’s prints show his graceful skill and bring more appreciation to the art of print making. Mastering lithography took time for Mouly, but he has shown that he can not only be called a painter, but a print maker as well.

View the largest collection of original works and an additional collection of original limited edition  lithographs by Marcel Mouly at the Baterbys’ Marcel Mouly: Light and Color Exhibition going on now through June 16th.  Don’t miss out on this amazing display of color and movement. Admission is only $5 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information please visit the event page.


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