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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), Justice Woman Red, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Justice Woman Red, 2021
61 x 46 cm


C215, Love is in the air, Print


Love is in the air, 2021
50 x 40 cm


Sophie Petetin, Asie on est bien ici, Print

Sophie Petetin

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


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


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


Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

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


Enki Bilal, Transhumans 2, Print

Enki Bilal

Transhumans 2, 2021
76 x 56 cm


Françoise Pétrovitch, Fumeuse, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Fumeuse, 2021
66 x 55 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


Joan Miró, Lithographs II (M. 1042), Print

Joan Miró

Lithographs II (M. 1042), 1972
36.5 x 55.2 cm


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

Ghost Art

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


Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Amour divin, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Amour divin, 2021
50 x 40 x 3 cm


Hush, Halo (Blue), Print


Halo (Blue), 2016
60 x 60 cm


Seaty, Diego, Print


Diego, 2021
80 x 60 x 0.1 cm


Diederik Van Apple, Coco Banksy, Print

Diederik Van Apple

Coco Banksy, 2020
100 x 80 x 3 cm


Raya Sorkine, La mariée aux roses rouges, Print

Raya Sorkine

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


Jordi Alcaraz, Parlar sol (II), Print

Jordi Alcaraz

Parlar sol (II), 2021
126 x 90 cm


Paul Jenkins, Five Invocations II, Print

Paul Jenkins

Five Invocations II, 1997
54.6 x 74.9 cm


Peter Klasen, Sans titre, Print

Peter Klasen

Sans titre, 1974
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm


Martin Whatson, Behind The Curtain - Migration, Print

Martin Whatson

Behind The Curtain - Migration, 2018
48 x 80 cm


Max Ernst, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Max Ernst

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm


Vitaliy Lishko, Landscape X3/Col, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

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

€105 €150

JP Malot, Voyou, Print

JP Malot

Voyou, 2020
50 x 70 cm


Finbarr DAC, Velveteen (Peel), Print

Finbarr DAC

Velveteen (Peel), 2020
77 x 56 cm


Lucas Ninin, Jésus (Affiche sérigraphié), Print

Lucas Ninin

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


Invader, Alert: System Infected, Print


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


Ladislas Kijno, Composition, ca, Print

Ladislas Kijno

Composition, ca, 1980
81 x 62 x 0.2 cm


Fernand Léger, Bonne pensée du matin, Print

Fernand Léger

Bonne pensée du matin, 1949
32 x 25 cm


Jean Dubuffet, Affiche - Festival d'automne, Print

Jean Dubuffet

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


Ben Frost, Just one more Bump, Print

Ben Frost

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


Enaer, Validé - Reproduction digigraphie, Print


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


Jean Arp, Soleil recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil recerclé, 1966
54.5 x 44 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


Théo Tobiasse, Babylone depuis la dernière aube, Print

Théo Tobiasse

Babylone depuis la dernière aube, 1999
61 x 91 x 0.1 cm


Gustave Singier, Envol, Print

Gustave Singier

Envol, 1971
65.5 x 50 cm


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction Chromatique, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction Chromatique, 1973
34 x 34 x 0.2 cm


Sol LeWitt, Forms Derived From a Cube, Print

Sol LeWitt

Forms Derived From a Cube, 1964
52 x 52 cm


Zao Wou-Ki, Éclats, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Éclats, 1992
31.5 x 25 cm


Tattoo Art M, James Dean - MyI Intimacy, Print

Tattoo Art M

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


André Masson, La Dame au labyrinthe, Print

André Masson

La Dame au labyrinthe, 1962
38 x 28 cm


Joan Bennàssar, Profil de femme en bleu, Print

Joan Bennàssar

Profil de femme en bleu, 1997
105 x 75 x 0.1 cm


Andy Warhol, Flowers: Master American Contemporaries II (After Andy Warhol), Print

Andy Warhol

Flowers: Master American Contemporaries II (After Andy Warhol), 1994
104.1 x 81.3 cm


Jeff Gillette, H Bomb, Print

Jeff Gillette

H Bomb, 2010
46 x 46 x 0.1 cm


Yaacov Agam, Dyptique rencontre, Print

Yaacov Agam

Dyptique rencontre, 2011
46 x 25.7 x 1.8 cm


David Hockney, The Tower with One Window, Print

David Hockney

The Tower with One Window, 1969
45 x 30 cm


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

David Shrigley

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


Stéphan Art, Bunny, Print

Stéphan Art

Bunny, 2021
100 x 100 x 0.3 cm


James Rizzi, Junkyard, Print

James Rizzi

Junkyard, 1995
34 x 25 cm


Max Papart, Les chemins de la Lumière, Print

Max Papart

Les chemins de la Lumière, 1968
75.5 x 56 x 0.2 cm


Pez, Noche, Print


Noche, 2021
19 x 19 x 0.2 cm


Jim Dine, Wolfman (Wall), Print

Jim Dine

Wolfman (Wall), 1967
78.7 x 55.9 cm


Karl Kox, Cybergpunk IV, Print

Karl Kox

Cybergpunk IV, 2021
49 x 49 x 0.1 cm

€188 €250

Pedro Friedeberg, Teatro Microbiotico, Print

Pedro Friedeberg

Teatro Microbiotico, 1987
61 x 61 cm


Henry Moore, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Henry Moore

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
26 x 35.5 cm


Hunt Slonem, Anaconda II, Print

Hunt Slonem

Anaconda II, 1980
76.2 x 55.9 cm


Matías Sánchez, Matias Sanchez, Print

Matías Sánchez

Matias Sanchez, 2020
70 x 50 cm


Sandra Salamonová, Letters, Print

Sandra Salamonová

Letters, 2021
50 x 70 cm


Nemo Jantzen, From Ibiza with love, Print

Nemo Jantzen

From Ibiza with love, 2020
118.5 x 138 x 5 cm

< € 2,500

Aurembaix Sabaté, Papallones-Pedra, Print

Aurembaix Sabaté

Papallones-Pedra, 2021
60 x 60 cm


Stanislav Bojankov, Fragments-I, Print

Stanislav Bojankov

Fragments-I, 2020
60 x 80 x 2 cm


James Chiew, Tamara waterdrinker, Print

James Chiew

Tamara waterdrinker, 2020
80 x 80 x 3 cm


Graham Sutherland, Hommage à San Lazzaro, Print

Graham Sutherland

Hommage à San Lazzaro, 1975
35.5 x 26 cm


Joanna Sierko-Filipowska, Frida Kahlo, Print

Joanna Sierko-Filipowska

Frida Kahlo, 2013
68 x 100 x 2.5 cm


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