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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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Lucio Forte, Paris Texas, Print

Lucio Forte

Paris Texas, 2012
30 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm


Carrie Graber, Edris House, Print

Carrie Graber

Edris House, 2017
91.4 x 73.7 cm


James Chiew, Tamara waterdrinker, Print

James Chiew

Tamara waterdrinker, 2020
80 x 80 x 3 cm


Stéphanie Malossane, Inner light blue, Print

Stéphanie Malossane

Inner light blue, 2018
81 x 60 x 2.5 cm


António Canau, A possible portrait of the COVID-19 Virus, Print

António Canau

A possible portrait of the COVID-19 Virus, 2020
44.3 x 70 cm


Laurent Godard, Fripon, Print

Laurent Godard

Fripon, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Gaëlle Wagner, Diagonales Lavande et Rose, Print

Gaëlle Wagner

Diagonales Lavande et Rose, 2018
31 x 31 x 1 cm


Kaixin Lyu, Sunshie, Print

Kaixin Lyu

Sunshie, 2021
50 x 70 x 1 cm


Static, Lani LDT, Print


Lani LDT, 2019
70 x 100 x 0.2 cm


Izabela Lewkowicz, Regarde moi, Print

Izabela Lewkowicz

Regarde moi, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Takashi Murakami, We Are The Jocular Clan (7), Print

Takashi Murakami

We Are The Jocular Clan (7), 2018
50 x 50 cm


Miss Tic, Plus fort que la passion l'illusion, Print

Miss Tic

Plus fort que la passion l'illusion, 2018
24 x 30 x 4 cm


Nora Ampova, Trump Ostrich, Print

Nora Ampova

Trump Ostrich, 2018
70 x 50 cm


Nicolas Barrome Forgues, Mostera, Print

Nicolas Barrome Forgues

Mostera, 2020
40 x 30 cm


Our recommendations Sophie Calle, Des journées entières sous le signe du B, du C, du W En, Print

Sophie Calle

Des journées entières sous le signe du B, du C, du W En, 2013
70 x 50 cm


Stoz, Tkb 380, Print


Tkb 380, 2020
50 x 50 x 2 cm


Our recommendations Paola Pivi, One cup of cappuccino then I go, Print

Paola Pivi

One cup of cappuccino then I go, 2013
50 x 70 cm


Our recommendations Yrjö Edelmann, Detection of blue vibration, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Detection of blue vibration, 2012
57 x 46 cm


Jean-Paul Agosti, Jardin lettre d'ombre, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Jardin lettre d'ombre, 2020
30 x 30 cm


Xavier Veilhan, Billet Moderniste, Print

Xavier Veilhan

Billet Moderniste, 2013
50 x 70 cm


Alain Vaissière, L'explorateur, Print

Alain Vaissière

L'explorateur, 2021
115 x 115 x 1 cm


Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
39.5 x 32 x 3 cm


Bernard Frize, Extension 2, Print

Bernard Frize

Extension 2, 2013
70 x 50 cm


Laurent Grasso, Set of 3 signed posters, Print

Laurent Grasso

Set of 3 signed posters, 2018
70 x 175 cm


Shelby, Steve McQueen, Print


Steve McQueen, 2021
50 x 50 x 0.5 cm


Simon Hantaï, Empreinte II, Print

Simon Hantaï

Empreinte II, 2003
19.5 x 13 cm


Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 1, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 1, 2015
77 x 57 cm


Yaniv Edery, Rolex Bart, Print

Yaniv Edery

Rolex Bart, 2021
81 x 61 x 3.5 cm


Stom500, Wouasisisgood 2, Print


Wouasisisgood 2, 2019
60 x 40 cm


Sabine Finkenauer, Arbre, Print

Sabine Finkenauer

Arbre, 2020
40 x 27.5 cm


Claire Fontaine, Untitled (Castor 1), Print

Claire Fontaine

Untitled (Castor 1), 2013
90 x 120 cm


Ana Tisconia, Después, Print

Ana Tisconia

Después, 2018
65 x 52 cm


Madame, Derrière chaque citadelle, Print


Derrière chaque citadelle, 2021
40 x 30 cm


Alicia Mihai, Pasaje I, Print

Alicia Mihai

Pasaje I, 2019
40 x 30 cm


Ana Tiscornia, Entre dos esquinas, Print

Ana Tiscornia

Entre dos esquinas, 2018
65 x 52 cm


Clement Vuillier, Bambous, Print

Clement Vuillier

Bambous, 2020
40 x 30 cm


Yasen Zgurovski, Flowerman, Print

Yasen Zgurovski

Flowerman, 2013
80 x 60 x 0.3 cm


Stan Manoukian, The King, Print

Stan Manoukian

The King, 2019
132 x 72 cm


Gianni Motti, Moneybox, Print

Gianni Motti

Moneybox, 2013
50 x 70 cm


Bosquetro Bosquetro, Danza y Poder / Dance and Power, Print

Bosquetro Bosquetro

Danza y Poder / Dance and Power, 2018
59.4 x 42 cm


Alessandra Bisi, Pink Urban Flowers (Mondo si collection works), Print

Alessandra Bisi

Pink Urban Flowers (Mondo si collection works), 2018
37 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Farhad Moshiri, Indian Boy in the Spot Light, Print

Farhad Moshiri

Indian Boy in the Spot Light, 2013
70 x 50 cm


Hernan Bas, The Signalmen, Print

Hernan Bas

The Signalmen, 2013
70 x 50 cm


Luis Camnitzer, Portfolio Two parallel lines, Print

Luis Camnitzer

Portfolio Two parallel lines, 2014
28 x 43 cm


Paul Rousteau, Tour Eiffel 2, Print

Paul Rousteau

Tour Eiffel 2, 2020
40 x 30 cm


ErriC, Another Dimension, Print


Another Dimension, 2020
50 x 70 x 0.2 cm


Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Print

Agathe Wagner

Reciprocity 8, 2016
60 x 42 x 1 cm


Philippe Weisbecker, La Pitié-Salpêtrière, Print

Philippe Weisbecker

La Pitié-Salpêtrière, 2020
39 x 30 cm


Rol, Wolverine, Print


Wolverine, 2016
45 x 32 x 1 cm


Noah Borger, Gattica, Print

Noah Borger

Gattica, 2019
40 x 30 x 2 cm


Guillaume Piot, Âne, Print

Guillaume Piot

Âne, 2016
42 x 30 cm


Christophe Pouget, Penn Station, Print

Christophe Pouget

Penn Station, 2013
100 x 100 x 1 cm


Luciano Cian, Geo #3, Print

Luciano Cian

Geo #3, 2020
96 x 80 x 0.2 cm


Sanuj Birla, Superhero Banana boat Ride, Print

Sanuj Birla

Superhero Banana boat Ride, 2019
101.6 x 106.7 x 0.3 cm


Samuel Favarica, Chakras, Print

Samuel Favarica

Chakras, 2015
90 x 90 x 1 cm


Paula Wilkins, The Letter, Print

Paula Wilkins

The Letter, 2015
60 x 60 x 2.5 cm


Art Vladi, Lucky Luck Limited Print, Print

Art Vladi

Lucky Luck Limited Print, 2020
60 x 60 x 4 cm


Marabout, L'enlèvement de la poule aux oeufs d'or, Print


L'enlèvement de la poule aux oeufs d'or, 2019
70 x 100 x 2 cm


Agent X, Butterfly Red, Print

Agent X

Butterfly Red, 2021
72 x 101 x 0.2 cm


Marcello Quarta, Mickey supreme, Print

Marcello Quarta

Mickey supreme, 2020
70 x 70 x 3 cm


Soklak Elgato, LSDreams 01, Print

Soklak Elgato

LSDreams 01, 2019
50 x 50 cm


Antonio Mora, Reminiscence, Print

Antonio Mora

Reminiscence, 2018
150 x 100 cm


Viviane Perez-Lorenzo, Paysage bassin, Print

Viviane Perez-Lorenzo

Paysage bassin, 2018
70 x 50 x 0.3 cm


Papa Mesk, Colorz Lover "Special Edition", Print

Papa Mesk

Colorz Lover "Special Edition", 2020
54 x 50 x 1 cm


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