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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), Kiss Me Deadly, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Kiss Me Deadly, 2021
61 x 46 cm


Takashi Murakami, An Homage to IKB 1957 B, Print

Takashi Murakami

An Homage to IKB 1957 B, 2012
73.5 x 53 cm


Scott Kahn, March Moon, Print

Scott Kahn

March Moon, 2020
61 x 53.7 cm


Cope2, 46th Street Station, Print


46th Street Station, 2020
45.7 x 68.6 cm


François Schuiten, La Type 12 - Paris-Bruxelles, Print

François Schuiten

La Type 12 - Paris-Bruxelles, 2021
70 x 50 cm


Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
48 x 37 cm

$1,185 $1,316

Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

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


Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana, 1971
65 x 50 x 1 cm


Miss Tic, L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, Print

Miss Tic

L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, 2021
50 x 50 cm


L'Atlas, Days Dreaming, Print


Days Dreaming, 2021
76 x 56 x 0.1 cm


Daru, New Stars, Print


New Stars, 2021
100 x 61 x 0.1 cm


Claude Weisbuch, L'épave, Print

Claude Weisbuch

L'épave, 1955
48 x 64 cm


Jef Aérosol, Amy Winehouse, Print

Jef Aérosol

Amy Winehouse, 2016
48 x 33 cm


Mr. Brainwash, My first concert, Print

Mr. Brainwash

My first concert, 2010
56 x 76 cm


Mark Kostabi, Heart Share, Print

Mark Kostabi

Heart Share, 1993
40 x 31.8 cm


Ai Weiwei, History Of Bombs, Print

Ai Weiwei

History Of Bombs, 2021
50 x 70 cm


FAILE, Fantasie, Print


Fantasie, 2020
76 x 61 cm


Mason Storm, UFO. No, You F O, Print

Mason Storm

UFO. No, You F O, 2020
56 x 80 cm


Onemizer, L'histoire du ballon, Print


L'histoire du ballon, 2021
50 x 70 cm


Aiko, Bunny Love (Mint), Print


Bunny Love (Mint), 2021
68.6 x 53.3 cm


Jean-Paul Agosti, Loire, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Loire, 2002
90 x 45.5 cm


Salvador Dali, Bestiaire de La Fontaine Dalinisé, Print

Salvador Dali

Bestiaire de La Fontaine Dalinisé, 1974
43.5 x 60.5 x 1 cm


Pierre Alechinsky, Dotremont dans son village, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Dotremont dans son village, 1981
83 x 62 x 0.2 cm


Aloyzas Smilingis, Flood, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Flood, 1993
120 x 90 x 2 cm


Hervé Di Rosa, No hay billetes, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

No hay billetes, 2014
52 x 52 x 0.2 cm


René Magritte, La Valse Hésitation, Print

René Magritte

La Valse Hésitation, 2010
45 x 60 x 0.1 cm


Pawel Zablocki, Horse from Casa Lorna, Print

Pawel Zablocki

Horse from Casa Lorna, 2007
15 x 21 cm


Sarah B., Zayana, Print

Sarah B.

Zayana, 2021
120 x 80 x 1 cm


Patrick Chevailler, #460 Coney Grouper, Print

Patrick Chevailler

#460 Coney Grouper, 2010
50 x 75 x 2 cm


Play Play, Cruel Summer, Print

Play Play

Cruel Summer, 2021
65 x 65 cm


Blandine Galtier, Titre : L, Print

Blandine Galtier

Titre : L, 2019
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Czeslaw Tumielewicz, A furniture with drawer, Print

Czeslaw Tumielewicz

A furniture with drawer, 2004
20.5 x 15 cm


Joan Miró, Chien Bleu, Print

Joan Miró

Chien Bleu, 1959
83 x 62 cm


Krzysztof Wieczorek, Tenth postcard from a journey, Print

Krzysztof Wieczorek

Tenth postcard from a journey, 2010
12 x 13 cm


Atsuko Ishii, The innocence of wonder, Print

Atsuko Ishii

The innocence of wonder, 2020
50 x 40 x 1 cm


Albena Vatcheva, La danseuse aux colombes, Print

Albena Vatcheva

La danseuse aux colombes, 2021
42 x 30 x 0.01 cm

$114 $126

Marc Chagall, Pantomime, Print

Marc Chagall

Pantomime, 1972
65 x 49 cm


Romero Britto, Wild Life, Print

Romero Britto

Wild Life, 2020
35 x 28 x 2 cm


Ola Dobrzynska, Girl power, Print

Ola Dobrzynska

Girl power, 2016
24 x 17 cm


Amy Nelder, Wordplay, Print

Amy Nelder

Wordplay, 2011
76.2 x 101.6 cm


Jean Miotte, Rêve, c., Print

Jean Miotte

Rêve, c., 1990
45 x 58 x 0.2 cm


Luciano Cian, Tête #1, Print

Luciano Cian

Tête #1, 2021
106 x 90 x 0.2 cm


Pierre Riollet, Seaview, Print

Pierre Riollet

Seaview, 2021
50 x 50 x 2 cm


Tattoo Art M, Majestic Queen Elisabeth II, Print

Tattoo Art M

Majestic Queen Elisabeth II, 2010
80 x 50 x 0.3 cm


Keymi, Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, Print


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


Dran, Sunset, Print


Sunset, 2015
37.5 x 27.5 cm


Kumi Sugaï, Quatre flèches, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Quatre flèches, 1990
76 x 65 x 0.2 cm


Muriel Deumie, Dans  L'oeil du futur, Print

Muriel Deumie

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


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Page 8, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Page 8, 2021
40 x 30 cm


Karel Appel, Regard vers l'infini, Print

Karel Appel

Regard vers l'infini, 1963
56 x 76 x 0.2 cm


Carlos Cruz-Diez, S/T  (Induction Chromatique), Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

S/T (Induction Chromatique), 1981
80 x 80 x 5 cm


Enki Bilal, Rendez-vous à Paris Killing Time, Print

Enki Bilal

Rendez-vous à Paris Killing Time, 2006
21 x 33.5 x 1 cm


Greg Léon Guillemin, The Secret Life of Heroes – Catwoman, Print

Greg Léon Guillemin

The Secret Life of Heroes – Catwoman, 2021
81 x 20.5 x 2 cm


Angelo Pioppo, Metamorphosis, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Metamorphosis, 2021
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Fernand Léger, Les constructeurs, Print

Fernand Léger

Les constructeurs, 1955
50 x 63 cm


Felipe Pantone, Integration System #1, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System #1, 2020
64 x 64 cm


Julian Opie, Black Headed Gull, Print

Julian Opie

Black Headed Gull, 2021
30.7 x 40.6 x 4 cm


Ben Frost, Happy helmet, Print

Ben Frost

Happy helmet, 2021
7.5 x 7.5 cm


Hyo Myoung Kim, Spectrum colors arranged by chance VI - Fingered, Print

Hyo Myoung Kim

Spectrum colors arranged by chance VI - Fingered, 2012
100 x 100 cm


Roamcouch, Four Seasons (Gold), Print


Four Seasons (Gold), 2021
38 x 91 cm


Tracey Emin, You can’t fuck a shoe, Print

Tracey Emin

You can’t fuck a shoe, 2010
29.5 x 41.5 cm


Hans Hartung, G7, Print

Hans Hartung

G7, 1953
66 x 50.5 cm


Le Corbusier, Unité. Planche 14, Print

Le Corbusier

Unité. Planche 14, 1965
57 x 45 x 0.2 cm


Lady K, Green and purple, Print

Lady K

Green and purple, 2021
40 x 40 x 3 cm

$1,163 $1,292

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