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Graphic Print

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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Peter Klasen, 20E, Print

Peter Klasen

20E, 1999
65 x 50 x 2 cm


Petr Strnad, Concept #48, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #48, 2021
50 x 33.3 x 0.1 cm


Mikhail Chemiakine, Grand carnaval de Saint Pétersbourg, Print

Mikhail Chemiakine

Grand carnaval de Saint Pétersbourg, 1982
76 x 54 x 0.2 cm


Bellus, Optimiste, Print


Optimiste, 2021
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Jaume Plensa, The Stolen Face _ Le visage volé, Print

Jaume Plensa

The Stolen Face _ Le visage volé, 2021
21 x 16 x 1 cm


FeiFei Ruan, Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté, Print

FeiFei Ruan

Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté, 2019
90.5 x 60.5 cm


Victor Vasarely, Harlequin Sportif, Print

Victor Vasarely

Harlequin Sportif, 1988
97.8 x 72.4 cm


Clet Abraham, The Wall, Print

Clet Abraham

The Wall, 2020
40 x 40 x 2 cm


Brusk (DMV), Bullet In Your Mouth, Print

Brusk (DMV)

Bullet In Your Mouth, 2019
98 x 76 cm


Jo Di Bona, Truth, Print

Jo Di Bona

Truth, 2017
30 x 30 cm


Our recommendations Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Sin Título, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Sin Título, 2000
77 x 112 cm


Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print


Estampe rehaussée, 2017
70 x 70 cm


Cleon Peterson, Burning the dead red, Print

Cleon Peterson

Burning the dead red, 2016
43 x 110 cm


Aiiroh, Spiderwoman, Print


Spiderwoman, 2019
50 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Gregos, Coffret Figure, Print


Coffret Figure, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm


Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
50 x 70 cm


Costa, Abbey road, Print


Abbey road, 2016
58 x 90 cm


Le CyKlop, Ulysse, Print

Le CyKlop

Ulysse, 2019
47 x 37 cm


MadC, Yin and Yang, Print


Yin and Yang, 2019
76 x 56 cm


Severine Dietrich, Eclipse #1, Print

Severine Dietrich

Eclipse #1, 2019
70 x 50 x 1 cm


François Boisrond, Earth, Print

François Boisrond

Earth, 2005
49.5 x 39.5 cm


A.R. Penck, Kontrolle, Print

A.R. Penck

Kontrolle, 1991
106 x 76 cm


Antonio Saura, Si Mi La Ré, Print

Antonio Saura

Si Mi La Ré, 1991
60 x 40 cm


Christian Silvain, Vol de nuit, Print

Christian Silvain

Vol de nuit, 1998
100 x 73 cm


Jesús-Rafael Soto, Ovalo Rojo, Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Ovalo Rojo, 1980
55.9 x 76.2 cm


Kamen Startchev, Purification, Print

Kamen Startchev

Purification, 2015
60 x 120 cm


Joan Hernández Pijuan, Rosa Blanca, Print

Joan Hernández Pijuan

Rosa Blanca, 1987
76 x 56 cm


Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
39.5 x 32 x 3 cm


Enrico Baj, Meeting from the Furniture Series, Print

Enrico Baj

Meeting from the Furniture Series, 1988
69.9 x 99.1 cm


Liliana Porter, Them, him, Print

Liliana Porter

Them, him, 2018
58 x 46.5 cm


Our recommendations Adrian Falkner, Rainbow Hand, Print

Adrian Falkner

Rainbow Hand, 2018
39 x 29 cm


Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 1, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 1, 2015
77 x 57 cm


Alain Séchas, Trottinette, Print

Alain Séchas

Trottinette, 2018
120 x 80 cm


Chamizo, Marilyn, Print


Marilyn, 1980
90 x 60 cm


Zoran Mishe, Pleasure I – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure I – Silver edition, 2021
70 x 50 cm


Christian Lapie, Fragment of Eros, Print

Christian Lapie

Fragment of Eros, 2020
50.5 x 34 x 0.1 cm


Yanko Tihov, Europe 1920s, Print

Yanko Tihov

Europe 1920s, 2018
61 x 83.7 x 0.5 cm


Kashink, Wanderlust, Print


Wanderlust, 2019
30 x 20 cm


Harissart, Dollar Lotus, Print


Dollar Lotus, 2021
30 x 70 x 1 cm


Eugénie Fauny, Genius, Print

Eugénie Fauny

Genius, 2019
60 x 60 x 0.8 cm


Gad Berry, David Bowie, Print

Gad Berry

David Bowie, 2019
110 x 110 x 5 cm


Eduardo Paolozzi, Lots of Pictures, Lots of Fun, Print

Eduardo Paolozzi

Lots of Pictures, Lots of Fun, 1971
76.2 x 55.9 cm


Alice Ricard, Maroola dyptique, Print

Alice Ricard

Maroola dyptique, 2016
65 x 100 cm


Our recommendations Jean Messagier, Sans titre, Print

Jean Messagier

Sans titre, 1990
33 x 24 cm


ErriC, Another Dimension, Print


Another Dimension, 2020
50 x 70 x 0.2 cm


Lucio Monaco, Audrey Hepburn, Print

Lucio Monaco

Audrey Hepburn, 2019
60 x 43 x 1 cm


Carne Griffiths, Spring Has Come, Print

Carne Griffiths

Spring Has Come, 2015
63 x 48 x 2 cm


Eugenia Jaeger, Model #1, Print

Eugenia Jaeger

Model #1, 2021
30 x 21 cm


Tomek Jarolim, Venise, Print

Tomek Jarolim

Venise, 2021
20 x 32 x 0.3 cm


Jean-Pierre Stholl, Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), Print

Jean-Pierre Stholl

Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), 2013
34 x 25 cm


Our recommendations Larry Clark, Keep punching, Print

Larry Clark

Keep punching, 2017
60 x 80 cm


Our recommendations Konstantin Kornakov, Village 04, Print

Konstantin Kornakov

Village 04, 2017
20 x 30 x 0.2 cm


Jean-Baptiste Valadié, Rêve vénitien, Print

Jean-Baptiste Valadié

Rêve vénitien, 1988
76 x 56 cm


David Koloane, City Traffic I, Print

David Koloane

City Traffic I, 2016
37 x 43 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Damien Poulain, Love / Bois, Print

Damien Poulain

Love / Bois, 2019
32 x 24 cm


Luciano Castelli, Revolving Litho, Print

Luciano Castelli

Revolving Litho, 2018
100 x 140 cm


Shadee K, Passion E, Print

Shadee K

Passion E, 2013
18.5 x 13 cm


Gonzalo Borondo, Fake Paradise, Print

Gonzalo Borondo

Fake Paradise, 2015
70 x 50 cm


Noémie Cédille, La cabane dans la jungle, Print

Noémie Cédille

La cabane dans la jungle, 2016
40 x 30 cm


Mister Pee, Mère Courage, Print

Mister Pee

Mère Courage, 2019
47 x 37 cm


Ryan McGinness, Studio View, Print

Ryan McGinness

Studio View, 2016
200 x 350 cm


Francesco Ulissi, City#8, Print

Francesco Ulissi

City#8, 2019
43 x 60 x 1 cm


Tania Mouraud, WCYS ?, Print

Tania Mouraud

WCYS ?, 2015
40 x 40 x 3 cm


Steffie Brocoli, Mood Palace, Print

Steffie Brocoli

Mood Palace, 2016
65 x 50 cm


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