I am not a great fan of plate-signed offset lithographs.
plate-signed offset lithograph is just a
photographic image with a facsimile signature. They are very cheap to
produce and hundreds can be printed in the time it takes to make one
These posters are fine for decorating a bedroom or a rumpus
room; however they are not really very collectable. They
are disposable art; soul-less and sterile.
Beauty and Beau 8/10
Of course there is always an exception and one seriolithograph that I
suggest as an introduction for new collectors is "Beauty and Beau". For
less than $10, it is a very small investment for a decorative piece
that is romantic and moving.
Zamy produced over 100,000 signed serigraphs during his life time and I
am always surprised to see people buy unsigned offsets when for a
few dollars more they can buy signed serigraphs and original lithographs.
My best intention is to buy what I like; however we all outgrow certain
pieces or run out of wall space and it is nice to know that when you
sell you are likely to get your money back.
Always ask the vendor who list a Zamy lithograph for sale whether it is a genuine lithograph or an offset.
Genuine lithographs requires effort, time and talent from the artist and are priced accordingly.
If you are not sure whether your piece is a genuine or an offset
lithograph; an easy test is to look at a small section of the print
with a magnifying glass.
The image of an offset lithograph is composed of thousands of minute dots just like the pixels of your television screen.
Thankfully, Zamy did not produce too many offsets when he was alive as the offset lithography of the 1980s was pretty average.
The most popular of these offsets are "Mother's Love", "Jaffa" and "Three Women".
These offsets are hand-signed and was produced in a limited edition of 700 copies
A few of these offsets was hand embellished by Zamy and such pieces has sold for as much as $450 because of their rarity
"Three Women" is a very beautiful poster and it is a pity that Zamy did
not reproduce this image on a large serigraph. However he did produced
an excellent version on a postcard size serigraph.
Zamy produced a remarkable series of 7 lithographs in the early 1980s.
The Judaic Heritage Society praised it highly and I have taken the liberty to reprint their words.
"Celebration of Life" is the title of
this remarkable folio of original Steynovitz lithographs. And how
appropriate the title is. For Steynovitz celebrates not just life, but
eternal living, marked by the qualities that set all humans apart -
love, spirituality, beauty and artistic awareness.
The very essence of life springs
forth from each magnificent painting.. In each there is the misty,
ethereal quality of morning; the sharply detailed luminescence of high
noon; the dark, lengthening shadows of evening. And always there is
movement. The movement of hands, of birds, of music. There are patterns
and designs from a world we may never know again.
In each Steynovitz painting there is
the link with ancient Jewish traditions - the joy, the sadness, the
bittersweet memories of a Biblical people alive in a world as modern as
tomorrow. As long as civilized man survives, Zamy Steynovitz will speak
to him in poetic whispers and the thunder of immortal artistic
One remarkable gem from that series is titled "Dreams".
The love, romance and affection Zamy captured in this piece is unsurpassed; even by Marc Chagall .
* I have given a rating for each serigraph based on my opinion of their appeal.
Please note that there are some pieces that I would rate as below
average (5 or lower) however my aim in all these guides is to promote,
educate and high-light the best pieces to collect.
If you share my enthusiasm or have any questions, I would like to hear from you.