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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), Lotus Diamond Gold, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Lotus Diamond Gold, 2011
61 x 46 cm


Atsuko Ishii, There's Melody, Print

Atsuko Ishii

There's Melody, 2021
30 x 24 x 0.5 cm


Salvador Dali, Don Quichotte - L'âge d'or, Print

Salvador Dali

Don Quichotte - L'âge d'or, 1957
41 x 66 x 0.2 cm


Peter Klasen, 20E, Print

Peter Klasen

20E, 1999
65 x 50 x 2 cm


Scott Kahn, March Moon, Print

Scott Kahn

March Moon, 2020
61 x 53.7 cm


Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana, 1971
65 x 50 x 1 cm


L'Atlas, Days Dreaming, Print


Days Dreaming, 2021
76 x 56 x 0.1 cm


Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975
58.1 x 77.5 cm


Pierre Alechinsky, Labyrinthe d'apparat IV, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Labyrinthe d'apparat IV, 1972
75 x 54 cm


Jean-Paul Agosti, Loire, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Loire, 2002
90 x 45.5 cm


Takashi Murakami, On An Endless Journey On A Time Machine, Print

Takashi Murakami

On An Endless Journey On A Time Machine, 2018
72 x 72 cm


Onemizer, L'histoire du ballon, Print


L'histoire du ballon, 2021
50 x 70 cm


Valérie Betoulaud, Aviron - bleu vert, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Aviron - bleu vert, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Jeff Gillette, Castle Ruins, Print

Jeff Gillette

Castle Ruins, 2021
61 x 86.4 cm

€1,350 €1,500

Hervé Di Rosa, En traversant le pont, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

En traversant le pont, 2014
56 x 75 x 0.2 cm


JonOne, Kid's World, Print


Kid's World, 2021
60 x 45 x 0.1 cm


René Magritte, L'art de la conversation, Print

René Magritte

L'art de la conversation, 1969
45 x 60 x 0.1 cm


Marc Sinic, Autoportrait au pack - série monde imaginaire, Print

Marc Sinic

Autoportrait au pack - série monde imaginaire, 2021
50 x 70 x 1.5 cm


Claude Viallat, L'huma, Print

Claude Viallat

L'huma, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


André Saraiva, Mr. A Street Sign Skate Deck, Print

André Saraiva

Mr. A Street Sign Skate Deck, 2020
80 x 20 x 2 cm


Aloyzas Smilingis, Flood, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Flood, 1993
120 x 90 x 2 cm


Agnieszka Lech-Binczycka, Onna, Print

Agnieszka Lech-Binczycka

Onna, 2017
100 x 70 cm


Grzegorz Lerka, Meet, Print

Grzegorz Lerka

Meet, 2019
38 x 51 cm


Shiko Munakata, Femme 6, Print

Shiko Munakata

Femme 6, 2007
26 x 21 x 1 cm

€1,080 €1,200

JR, Women Are Heroes Calais Elizabeth Kamanga On Sea, Le Havre, France, 2017, Print


Women Are Heroes Calais Elizabeth Kamanga On Sea, Le Havre, France, 2017, 2017
40 x 70 x 1 cm


Keymi, Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, Print


Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, 2021
40 x 40 cm


Jean Miotte, Rêve, c., Print

Jean Miotte

Rêve, c., 1990
45 x 58 x 0.2 cm


Marianna Stuhr, Circular groups 2, Print

Marianna Stuhr

Circular groups 2, 2020
30 x 44 cm


Jazzu, OUF!, Print


OUF!, 2021
40 x 30 cm


Czeslaw Tumielewicz, A furniture with drawer, Print

Czeslaw Tumielewicz

A furniture with drawer, 2004
20.5 x 15 cm


Albena Vatcheva, Souvenirs d'enfance, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Souvenirs d'enfance, 2021
30 x 21 x 0.01 cm


Gottfried Salzmann, New York 3D, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

New York 3D, 2016
61 x 38 cm


Muriel Deumie, Dans  L'oeil du futur, Print

Muriel Deumie

Dans L'oeil du futur, 2021
40 x 40 x 4 cm

€522 €580

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk, My labyrinths, Print

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk

My labyrinths, 2009
16.5 x 24.5 cm


Dran, DJ Monkey, Print


DJ Monkey, 2018
32 x 45 cm


Ola Dobrzynska, Girl power, Print

Ola Dobrzynska

Girl power, 2016
24 x 17 cm


Diederik Van Apple, Porsche express, Print

Diederik Van Apple

Porsche express, 2020
100 x 150 x 4 cm


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Page 8, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Page 8, 2021
40 x 30 cm


Felipe Pantone, Integration System #1, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System #1, 2020
64 x 64 cm


Tattoo Art M, Aretha Franklin, Print

Tattoo Art M

Aretha Franklin, 2017
90 x 60 x 0.3 cm


Daniel Arsham, Remowa & Daniel Arsham, Print

Daniel Arsham

Remowa & Daniel Arsham, 2019
22 x 29 x 9 cm


Stoul, Oru Buffle, Print


Oru Buffle, 2021
40 x 30 x 4 cm


Tim Marsh, Funktime, Print

Tim Marsh

Funktime, 2021
40 x 30 x 3 cm


Zao Wou-Ki, Champs abandonnés, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Champs abandonnés, 1954
50.3 x 66 x 0.2 cm


Luciano Cian, Tête #1, Print

Luciano Cian

Tête #1, 2021
106 x 90 x 0.2 cm


Roamcouch, Four Seasons (Gold), Print


Four Seasons (Gold), 2021
38 x 91 cm


Robert Crumb, Weirdo-Number 4, Print

Robert Crumb

Weirdo-Number 4, 2011
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Goddog, Or, Noir, Print


Or, Noir, 2021
40 x 40 x 3 cm


Sonia Delaunay, Sans Titre, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Sans Titre, 1962
71 x 50 cm


Angelo Pioppo, Metamorphosis, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Metamorphosis, 2021
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Hildegarde Handsaeme, Dance with me, Print

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Dance with me, 2021
30 x 40 cm


Éric Lacan, Autoportrait, Print

Éric Lacan

Autoportrait, 2021
76.5 x 56 x 0.2 cm


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Agpa portfolios: Latin American graphic at the end of the 20th century. Chromo-Interference from AGPA 78: PanAmerican Graphic Arts (AGPA 78): Artes Gráficas Panamericanas, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Agpa portfolios: Latin American graphic at the end of the 20th century. Chromo-Interference from AGPA 78: PanAmerican Graphic Arts (AGPA 78): Artes Gráficas Panamericanas, 1978
43 x 43 x 7 cm


Robert Indiana, Votes for Woman, Print

Robert Indiana

Votes for Woman, 1977
59 x 39 cm


Bault, Fétiches, Print


Fétiches, 2019
55 x 75 cm


Lady K, Green and purple, Print

Lady K

Green and purple, 2021
40 x 40 x 3 cm


Hans Hartung, G7, Print

Hans Hartung

G7, 1953
66 x 50.5 cm


Soklak Elgato, Encrypted alien data, Print

Soklak Elgato

Encrypted alien data, 2021
40 x 40 cm


SupaKitch, My Playlist, Print


My Playlist, 2007
63 x 44 x 0.2 cm


Karol Kállay, Last stop, Print

Karol Kállay

Last stop, 1965
30 x 30 cm

€960 €1,200

Homek, Au fil de mes lettres, Print


Au fil de mes lettres, 2021
40 x 30 cm


Hush, Halo (Grey), Print


Halo (Grey), 2016
60 x 60 cm


André Cervera, Cycliste, Print

André Cervera

Cycliste, 2015
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Seize Happywallmaker, Metamorphokromatik3, Print

Seize Happywallmaker

Metamorphokromatik3, 2021
40 x 30 cm


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