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Printmaking is an artistic technique in which several images are made from an original or from a specially prepared surface. Prints are the images that are produced by this process. Prints are a type of edition which refers to a work created from a master version, sculptures, for example, sculptures can also come in editions. Prints are original works although they are not necessarily always signed by the artist. They are created with the help of an industrial or mechanised process. There are numerous types of prints, such as lithography, serigraphy or screen printing, engraving...The print's number out of the total is always detailed on the work as '15/100' for example, in order to indicate the work's uniqueness. The work's exclusivity and value varies depending on the number of editions and whether it has been signed by the artist or not. Producing limited editions means that artworks made by renown artists in modern and contemporary art are made more accessible to a larger audience, without taking away from the quality and rarity of the piece. Certificate of authenticities are important when it comes to editions and prints as this helps to prevent fraudulent copies.

It is important to remember that the editions produced today in the art world were only made possible thanks to the key technological progress that was made in the printing industry throughout history. These advances became more accessible by the 19th century, and in particular thanks to the lithographs produced during the Art Nouveau period following the 1900 International Exhibition in Paris. This process, which first appeared in Germany in the 18th century, has various different uses including press illustrations (thanks to its rapid production rate) and art reproduction. Lithography is a chemical process which is based on the immiscibility of water and a fat-based substance. The subject is drawn onto a stone with ink, and once it has been moistened and covered with a greasy ink. As the initial ink is hydrophobic it only clings to the drawing and is repelled by the wet areas. Paper is applied to the stone and then a printing press is used to transfer the drawing onto its surface. Over time the technique has evolved and been perfected.

Certain artists, such as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, use this technique to create several copies of an original artwork. Others use it to reproduce older works. In the 20th century, some of the great masters including Picasso and Miro worked with lithography to create numerous posters which they often used for their own exhibitions.

Alongside lithography, there is also silk screening. Invented in China during the Song dynasty (962-1279), it didn't reach the United States until the 19th century and it was introduced to Europe after the Second World War. In 1920s Berlin, Kodloff and Biegeleisen were the first to test it by printing on paper and named the process “Siedbruck". From 1938 onwards, prints took over serigraphy thanks to the work of Guy MacCoy but its popularity truly started to soar with the pioneers of Pop Art, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.In France, the silk screen posters made by the students taking part in the May 68 protests gave this art technique an almost legendary status.

Digital technology now has a role to play in all of these processes and digital printing currently makes up a key part of the art market. It allows for the creation of high-quality images in a short period of time and this has multiplied the creative possibilities for artists. There are also of course, several other older techniques which are still used today including etching, engraving, woodblock carving and drypoint.

In this category you will find figurative and abstract artworks, portraits as well as landscapes, Pop Art and Minimalism, made by young and renowned artists alike. Artsper's collection includes works from famous artists such as Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Miss Tic, and Sol LeWitt. Don't forget to take a look at the work of some of our lesser known artists who are just as talented as their more well-established counterparts, including Nathan Chantob and Rero...

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Prints

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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Friendship and Support ( Gold ), Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Friendship and Support ( Gold ), 2011
61 x 46 x 0.2 cm


M.Chat, Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°117, Print


Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°117, 2019
24 x 24 x 1 cm


Robert Combas, Le mystère des dessins sans poil mais avec texte, Print

Robert Combas

Le mystère des dessins sans poil mais avec texte, 2020
38.5 x 28.5 x 2 cm


Sophie Petetin, Asie on est bien ici, Print

Sophie Petetin

Asie on est bien ici, 2019
40 x 40 x 1 cm


Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

La potomanie du Rouge, 2021
100 x 100 x 5 cm


Louis Toffoli, L'étameur, Print

Louis Toffoli

L'étameur, 1986
50 x 65 cm


Enki Bilal, Transhumans 2, Print

Enki Bilal

Transhumans 2, 2021
76 x 56 cm


Salvador Dali, Memories of Surrealism / Angel of Dada Surrealism, Print

Salvador Dali

Memories of Surrealism / Angel of Dada Surrealism, 1971
52.5 x 41.5 cm


Lady Pink, TC5 In the Ghost Yard, Print

Lady Pink

TC5 In the Ghost Yard, 2020
61 x 78.7 cm


JonOne, Coffret de luxe - Birth of the Wind - Numéro 185, Print


Coffret de luxe - Birth of the Wind - Numéro 185, 2018
26 x 21 x 0.5 cm


Françoise Pétrovitch, Fumeuse, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Fumeuse, 2021
66 x 55 cm


Miss Tic, J'aime sans pitié - éditions, Print

Miss Tic

J'aime sans pitié - éditions, 2018
25 x 25 x 1 cm


Onemizer, Kaws tribute 1, Print


Kaws tribute 1, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Mr. Brainwash, All you need is He(Art) Four, Print

Mr. Brainwash

All you need is He(Art) Four, 2021
45.7 x 45.7 cm


Claude Weisbuch, L'écuyer, Print

Claude Weisbuch

L'écuyer, 1985
30 x 40 cm


Blek Le Rat, His master's voiceless, Print

Blek Le Rat

His master's voiceless, 2008
74 x 72 x 1 cm


Albena Vatcheva, Au delà des océans, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Au delà des océans, 2021
42 x 30 x 0.01 cm

$108 $119

Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Daphné 1, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Daphné 1, 2021
50 x 40 x 3 cm


Alick Tipoti, Koedalal ar Sapural, Print

Alick Tipoti

Koedalal ar Sapural, 2006
50 x 70 x 0.1 cm


Joan Miró, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Joan Miró

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm


Martin Whatson, The Cycle, Print

Martin Whatson

The Cycle, 2019
60 x 120 cm


Jordi Alcaraz, Parlar sol (II), Print

Jordi Alcaraz

Parlar sol (II), 2021
126 x 90 cm


Kaï Aspire, Love vs Money, Print

Kaï Aspire

Love vs Money, 2017
71.1 x 50.8 cm


Seaty, Diego, Print


Diego, 2021
80 x 60 x 0.1 cm


Raya Sorkine, La mariée aux roses rouges, Print

Raya Sorkine

La mariée aux roses rouges, 1990
20 x 13 x 1 cm


Hush, Halo (Blue), Print


Halo (Blue), 2016
60 x 60 cm


Julien Durix, Wanted, Print

Julien Durix

Wanted, 2020
50 x 70 x 0.2 cm


Jean Miotte, Près des murs, Print

Jean Miotte

Près des murs, 1994
41 x 33 x 0.3 cm


Lucien Clergue, Downtown Lion, Print

Lucien Clergue

Downtown Lion, 1967
50.8 x 64.8 cm


Flog, Smoothie, Print


Smoothie, 2021
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Max Ernst, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Max Ernst

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm


Peter Klasen, Sans titre, Print

Peter Klasen

Sans titre, 1974
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm


Sylvain Binet, Porsche Logo, Print

Sylvain Binet

Porsche Logo, 2021
85 x 85 x 0.5 cm


Vitaliy Lishko, Landscape X3/Col, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Landscape X3/Col, 2021
21 x 15 x 0.1 cm


Marcello Quarta, Venere Street, Print

Marcello Quarta

Venere Street, 2021
100 x 100 x 0.2 cm


TMM, Spiderman New York Times, Print


Spiderman New York Times, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Invader, Alert: System Infected, Print


Alert: System Infected, 2021
60 x 60 x 1 cm


JP Malot, Voyou, Print

JP Malot

Voyou, 2020
50 x 70 cm


Jean Dubuffet, Affiche - Festival d'automne, Print

Jean Dubuffet

Affiche - Festival d'automne, 1973
70 x 52 cm


Marc Chagall, Pierrot avec Parapluie (Man with Umbrella), Print

Marc Chagall

Pierrot avec Parapluie (Man with Umbrella), 1927
35.6 x 29.2 cm


Lucas Ninin, Jésus (Affiche sérigraphié), Print

Lucas Ninin

Jésus (Affiche sérigraphié), 2021
76 x 56 x 1 cm


Tattoo Art M, James Dean - MyI Intimacy, Print

Tattoo Art M

James Dean - MyI Intimacy, 2016
66 x 90 x 0.3 cm


Ladislas Kijno, Hommage à Max Papart, Print

Ladislas Kijno

Hommage à Max Papart, 1995
45 x 31.5 x 0.2 cm


Joan Bennàssar, Homme avec casquette noire, Print

Joan Bennàssar

Homme avec casquette noire, 2003
105 x 63 x 0.2 cm


Alain Vaissière, Blue experience, Print

Alain Vaissière

Blue experience, 2021
70 x 70 x 2 cm


Parenteau-Denoel & Mofart'z, Baby Cop, Print

Parenteau-Denoel & Mofart'z

Baby Cop, 2021
41 x 30 x 1 cm


Finbarr DAC, Velveteen (Peel), Print

Finbarr DAC

Velveteen (Peel), 2020
77 x 56 cm


Josep Moscardó, Barcelona, Print

Josep Moscardó

Barcelona, 2021
59 x 107 cm


Our recommendations Enaer, Validé - Reproduction digigraphie, Print


Validé - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm

$273 $303

Ben Frost, Just one more Bump, Print

Ben Frost

Just one more Bump, 2021
19 x 19 x 0.2 cm


Roy Ahlgren, Inca, Print

Roy Ahlgren

Inca, 1984
76.2 x 55.9 cm


Sol LeWitt, Forms Derived From a Cube, Print

Sol LeWitt

Forms Derived From a Cube, 1964
52 x 52 cm


Richard Texier, Le guetteur de sens, Print

Richard Texier

Le guetteur de sens, 1955
66 x 50 cm


Pez, Noche, Print


Noche, 2021
19 x 19 x 0.2 cm


Larry Rivers, Carnegie Hall from the Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary Portfolio, Print

Larry Rivers

Carnegie Hall from the Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary Portfolio, 1990
144.8 x 101.6 cm


Eric Roux-Fontaine, Anima Mundi, Print

Eric Roux-Fontaine

Anima Mundi, 2018
66 x 78.7 cm


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction Chromatique, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction Chromatique, 1973
34 x 34 x 0.2 cm


Robert Indiana, Four Seasons of Hope Portfolio (Silver), Print

Robert Indiana

Four Seasons of Hope Portfolio (Silver), 2012
177.8 x 149.9 cm


Zao Wou-Ki, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm


Charles Levier, Girl in Blue, Print

Charles Levier

Girl in Blue, 1970
76.2 x 55.9 cm


Alessio-B, Look at the stars (Silver), Print


Look at the stars (Silver), 2018
45 x 32 x 0.1 cm


Jeff Gillette, H Bomb, Print

Jeff Gillette

H Bomb, 2010
46 x 46 x 0.1 cm


André Masson, La Dame au labyrinthe, Print

André Masson

La Dame au labyrinthe, 1962
38 x 28 cm


Karl Kox, Cyber Geisha III, Print

Karl Kox

Cyber Geisha III, 2021
70 x 49 x 0.1 cm

$151 $303

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