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Paper 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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Ghost Art, Wheel of fortune "€uro", Print

Ghost Art

Wheel of fortune "€uro", 2020
80 x 80 x 5 cm
Print

$2,350

David Shrigley, Untitled (Wine - Drink it Quickly), Print

David Shrigley

Untitled (Wine - Drink it Quickly), 2021
75 x 56 cm
Print

$8,821

Joël Ducorroy, Poster d'une oeuvre célèbre, Print

Joël Ducorroy

Poster d'une oeuvre célèbre, 1999
76 x 56 x 0.5 cm
Print

$434

Pablo Picasso, Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, Print

Pablo Picasso

Nature Morte au Pot de Grès, 1947
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm
Print

$11,450

Antonio Segui, Le bruit, les  sarcasmes, les sourires / Livre d'artiste / 6 gravures, Print

Antonio Segui

Le bruit, les sarcasmes, les sourires / Livre d'artiste / 6 gravures, 2014
40 x 37.5 cm
Print

$3,013

Troy Henriksen, Blessing of a city, Print

Troy Henriksen

Blessing of a city, 2012
61 x 90 cm
Print

$603

Jesús Perea, M420, Print

Jesús Perea

M420, 2018
100 x 70 cm
Print

$1,764

Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Juego de signos, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Juego de signos, 1990
90 x 63 cm
Print

$1,169

Richard Orlinski, Raw ! Yellow, Print

Richard Orlinski

Raw ! Yellow, 2021
50 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Print

$542

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), La Maternité, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

La Maternité, 2021
60 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$241

Our recommendations Yrjö Edelmann, Detection of blue vibration, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Detection of blue vibration, 2012
57 x 46 cm
Print

$663

Kasimir Malevitch, Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, Print

Kasimir Malevitch

Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, 2018
90 x 61.5 cm
Print

$1,193

Gustav Klimt, La Fille aux bas de soie sur le Tabouret / The Girl with silk stockings sitting on the stool - 1910 (Sitzende mit gerafftem Rock / Seated Female Semi-Nude in Patterned Dress, Her Head Resting on Her Right Knee), Print

Gustav Klimt

La Fille aux bas de soie sur le Tabouret / The Girl with silk stockings sitting on the stool - 1910 (Sitzende mit gerafftem Rock / Seated Female Semi-Nude in Patterned Dress, Her Head Resting on Her Right Knee), 2012
87 x 59 cm
Print

$1,326

Alberto Burri, Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate C, Print

Alberto Burri

Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate C, 1969
48 x 64 x 0.1 cm
Print

$3,616

Pejac, Love Letter, Print

Pejac

Love Letter, 2018
16 x 26 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,290

Theodore Stravinsky, Dancer, Print

Theodore Stravinsky

Dancer, 1932
45 x 32 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,928

León Ferrari, A un lado por la izquierda, Print

León Ferrari

A un lado por la izquierda, 2009
56 x 38 cm
Print

$1,205

Philippe Achermann, Petite Faim, Print

Philippe Achermann

Petite Faim, 2018
24 x 18 cm
Print

$48

Antonio Calderara, Green Stripes, Print

Antonio Calderara

Green Stripes, 1978
21.5 x 21.5 x 0.2 cm
Print

$2,384

Joe Tilson, Avebury, Sirius, Fire, Print

Joe Tilson

Avebury, Sirius, Fire, 1976
50 x 35 x 0.2 cm
Print

$470

Our recommendations Ken Done, Lemons and Clouds, Print

Ken Done

Lemons and Clouds, 2010
87 x 66 cm
Print

$776

Constantin Terechkovitch, Dancers, Print

Constantin Terechkovitch

Dancers, 1930
38 x 57 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,170

David Batchelor, Chromoscape 1-10, Print

David Batchelor

Chromoscape 1-10, 2018
50 x 70 cm
Print

$1,446

Pablo Palazuelo, Lunariae VI, Print

Pablo Palazuelo

Lunariae VI, 1972
66 x 52 cm
Print

$3,610

Michael Craig-Martin, The Catalan Suite I - Shirt, Print

Michael Craig-Martin

The Catalan Suite I - Shirt, 2013
45 x 45 cm
Print

$904

Pietro Carabellese, Catherine Wheel, Print

Pietro Carabellese

Catherine Wheel, 1970
64.5 x 46.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$289

Renato Barisani, Mediterranean Abstract, Print

Renato Barisani

Mediterranean Abstract, 1983
69.3 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Print

$301

Stefan Brüggemann, Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), Print

Stefan Brüggemann

Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), 2011
86 x 99 cm
Print

$2,411

Cécile Jaunet, Enchanté de vous connaitre mon écho, Print

Cécile Jaunet

Enchanté de vous connaitre mon écho, 2019
30 x 40 x 2 cm
Print

$121

David Beauchard (David B.), Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, Print

David Beauchard (David B.)

Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, 2017
65 x 80 cm
Print

$663

Pierre Dmitrienko, Saisons II, Print

Pierre Dmitrienko

Saisons II, 1957
30.5 x 25 cm
Print

$458

Giuseppe Zigaina, Untitled, Print

Giuseppe Zigaina

Untitled, 1970
23.8 x 33 x 0.2 cm
Print

$289

Lucio Del Pezzo, Decalogue N° 8, Print

Lucio Del Pezzo

Decalogue N° 8, 1978
75 x 52.5 x 0.2 cm
Print

$241

Nunzio Gulino, Il Colloquio (The Talk), Print

Nunzio Gulino

Il Colloquio (The Talk), 1967
52 x 44 x 0.2 cm
Print

$422

Jacob Kassay, Untitled 2/7 (Le Monde), Print

Jacob Kassay

Untitled 2/7 (Le Monde), 2013
52 x 68.5 cm
Print

$6,629

Renato Livi, Perspective III, Print

Renato Livi

Perspective III, 1971
64 x 48 x 0.1 cm
Print

$482

Francesco Barilli, American Canyon, Print

Francesco Barilli

American Canyon, 1980
50 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Print

$470

Carmen Garcia, El barco, Print

Carmen Garcia

El barco, 2000
76 x 56 cm
Print

$430

Sandra Gamarra, Los nuevos oradores I, Print

Sandra Gamarra

Los nuevos oradores I, 2010
30 x 41 cm
Print

$362

Jochen Gerner, Spreekwoorden, Print

Jochen Gerner

Spreekwoorden, 2017
44 x 50.3 cm
Print

$362

Mary Pupet, Friends, Print

Mary Pupet

Friends, 2016
70 x 50 cm
Print

$121

José Ángel Vincench, Exile, Print

José Ángel Vincench

Exile, 2019
130 x 260 x 2 cm
Print

$26,035

Carlos Kusnir, Sans titre, Print

Carlos Kusnir

Sans titre, 2015
70 x 50 cm
Print

$121

Virginie Barré, Sans titre, Print

Virginie Barré

Sans titre, 2015
70 x 50 cm
Print

$121

David Gerstein, Euphoria - Paper Cut, Print

David Gerstein

Euphoria - Paper Cut, 2009
80 x 100 x 4 cm
Print

$4,219

Damien Hirst, Ferric Ammonium Citrate, Print

Damien Hirst

Ferric Ammonium Citrate, 2011
15.5 x 38.5 cm
Print

$9,526

Richard Prince, The Greeting Card Jokes #1: The Fireman, Print

Richard Prince

The Greeting Card Jokes #1: The Fireman, 2011
15.9 x 21.6 cm
Print

$3,175

Eskos, Eskos cash I, Print

Eskos

Eskos cash I, 2019
7.5 x 18 x 0.3 cm
Print

$157

Tsuyu Bridwell, Captivation III, Print

Tsuyu Bridwell

Captivation III, 2015
90 x 60 x 0.2 cm
Print

$542

So Youn Lee, Espririt, Print

So Youn Lee

Espririt, 2020
43.5 x 35.5 cm
Print

$362

Dorothea Tanning, Composition 7, Print

Dorothea Tanning

Composition 7, 1971
43 x 32 cm
Print

$964

Jean Fautrier, Construction, Print

Jean Fautrier

Construction, 1962
57 x 77 cm
Print

$2,411

François Rouan, Arena, Print

François Rouan

Arena, 1993
66 x 50 cm
Print

$964

André Hambourg, Composition, Print

André Hambourg

Composition, 1960
38 x 54 cm
Print

$241

José Luis Cuevas, Pareja en el mar, Print

José Luis Cuevas

Pareja en el mar, 1981
56 x 76 cm
Print

$723

Kenneth Noland, Grey, Print

Kenneth Noland

Grey, 1990
44 x 65 cm
Print

$2,170

Roberto Fonfria, Room Temperature- One of a kind Mixed Media on paper Framed, Print

Roberto Fonfria

Room Temperature- One of a kind Mixed Media on paper Framed, 2016
50.8 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm
Print

$3,000

Lorenzo Eroticolor, Lorenzo Eroticolor – Erotik, Venus in Furs, Print

Lorenzo Eroticolor

Lorenzo Eroticolor – Erotik, Venus in Furs, 2017
40 x 30 cm
Print

$108

Fritz Scholder, Flower at Giverney 1, Print

Fritz Scholder

Flower at Giverney 1, 1982
76 x 56 cm
Print

$663

Robert Barry, Composition pour les JO, Print

Robert Barry

Composition pour les JO, 1992
63 x 90 x 1 cm
Print

$964

Casey Waterman, Boobs, From the Series “Why This Restlessness?”, Print

Casey Waterman

Boobs, From the Series “Why This Restlessness?”, 2018
101.6 x 127 x 0.3 cm
Print

$1,200

Antoni Muntadas, Fet a Barcelona, Print

Antoni Muntadas

Fet a Barcelona, 1977
76 x 56 x 1 cm
Print

$844

Larry Zox, Grey Sweep I, Print

Larry Zox

Grey Sweep I, 1979
105.4 x 76.2 cm
Print

$800

Ray Smith, Perros de piedra I B, Print

Ray Smith

Perros de piedra I B, 1998
56 x 76 cm
Print

$964

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