Some time around 1896, Vollard commissioned four Nabis artists from his stable to produce several highly ambitious print series. Each comprised ten colour lithographs on a loosely defined theme, such as Edouard Vuillard’s ‘landscapes and interiors’, or various ‘aspects of Paris’ by Pierre Bonnard, all of which are among the finest achievements of late-nineteenth-century printmaking.
The importance and success of L’Estampe originale prompted Vollard to begin producing a variety of print albums featuring lithographs, etchings and woodcuts by the peintres-graveurs from 1896 onwards.
It did not concern him that they had little or no experience of lithography, as his head printer Auguste Clot excelled in translating their rapid sketches into fully-fledged prints.
Ambroise Vollard, Recollections of a Picture Dealer, London 1936
Una E. Johnson, Ambroise Vollard, Editeur. Prints, Books, Bronzes, New York 1977
Rebecca A. Rabinow (red.), et al., Cézanne to Picasso. Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde, New York 2006