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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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Luciano Cian, Tête #1, Print

Luciano Cian

Tête #1, 2021
106 x 90 x 0.2 cm
Print

$730

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
Print

$8,360

Petr Strnad, Concept #48, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #48, 2021
50 x 33.3 x 0.1 cm
Print

$96

Laurence Vallières, Haribo Mickey, Print

Laurence Vallières

Haribo Mickey, 2021
50.8 x 66 x 0.2 cm
Print

$299

Nora Ampova, Trump Ostrich, Print

Nora Ampova

Trump Ostrich, 2018
70 x 50 cm
Print

$467

Our recommendations Paola Pivi, One love, Print

Paola Pivi

One love, 2013
50 x 70 cm
Print

$431

Our recommendations Sophie Calle, Des journées entières sous le signe du B, du C, du W En, Print

Sophie Calle

Des journées entières sous le signe du B, du C, du W En, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$431

Ghost Art, Time is money, Print

Ghost Art

Time is money, 2018
100 x 100 x 5 cm
Print

$3,054 $3,470

Jo Di Bona, Truth, Print

Jo Di Bona

Truth, 2017
30 x 30 cm
Print

$120

Stoz, Tkb 380, Print

Stoz

Tkb 380, 2020
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Print

$150

Our recommendations Bernard Frize, Aimé, Print

Bernard Frize

Aimé, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$431

Our recommendations Xavier Veilhan, Billet Moderniste, Print

Xavier Veilhan

Billet Moderniste, 2013
50 x 70 cm
Print

$431

Yrjö Edelmann, Under certain circumstances II, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Under certain circumstances II, 2015
61 x 50 cm
Print

$658

Laurent Grasso, Set of 3 signed posters, Print

Laurent Grasso

Set of 3 signed posters, 2018
70 x 175 cm
Print

$598

Viviane Perez-Lorenzo, Paysage bassin, Print

Viviane Perez-Lorenzo

Paysage bassin, 2018
70 x 50 x 0.3 cm
Print

$897

Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
39.5 x 32 x 3 cm
Print

$598

Rodrigo Spinel, 100 2:1 (Framed), Print

Rodrigo Spinel

100 2:1 (Framed), 2019
29.7 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Print

$500

Jack Vettriano, Just The Way It Is, Print

Jack Vettriano

Just The Way It Is, 2013
50 x 42 x 1 cm
Print

$1,087

Our recommendations Hernan Bas, Wash up (cave of enlightenment), Print

Hernan Bas

Wash up (cave of enlightenment), 2013
50 x 70 cm
Print

$431

Alain Vaissière, L'explorateur, Print

Alain Vaissière

L'explorateur, 2021
115 x 115 x 1 cm
Print

$4,786

JJ Adams, Murphy Robocop X Ray, Print

JJ Adams

Murphy Robocop X Ray, 2016
35 x 29 cm
Print

$989

Our recommendations Gianni Motti, Moneybox, Print

Gianni Motti

Moneybox, 2013
50 x 70 cm
Print

$431

Yaniv Edery, Rolex Bart, Print

Yaniv Edery

Rolex Bart, 2021
81 x 61 x 3.5 cm
Print

$7,060

Simon Hantaï, Empreinte II, Print

Simon Hantaï

Empreinte II, 2003
19.5 x 13 cm
Print

$897

Kelly Vincent, The Ruralist vs Mario, Print

Kelly Vincent

The Ruralist vs Mario, 2020
52 x 77 x 1 cm
Print

$418

Adrian Marden, Pills, Print

Adrian Marden

Pills, 2019
84.1 x 59.4 x 1 cm
Print

$697

Waltercio Caldas, WC 56 1, Print

Waltercio Caldas

WC 56 1, 2015
77 x 57 cm
Print

$2,154

Yasen Zgurovski, Flowerman, Print

Yasen Zgurovski

Flowerman, 2013
80 x 60 x 0.3 cm
Print

$398 $443

Farhad Moshiri, Indian Boy in the Spot Light, Print

Farhad Moshiri

Indian Boy in the Spot Light, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$431

Stom500, Wouasisisgood 2, Print

Stom500

Wouasisisgood 2, 2019
60 x 40 cm
Print

$150

Philippe Hérard, Cent regards 1, Print

Philippe Hérard

Cent regards 1, 2019
20 x 20 cm
Print

$96

Duncan Wade, Battersea Bright Face, Print

Duncan Wade

Battersea Bright Face, 2020
84 x 100 x 3 cm
Print

$1,386

Our recommendations Claire Fontaine, Untitled (Castor 1), Print

Claire Fontaine

Untitled (Castor 1), 2013
90 x 120 cm
Print

$2,393

Alen Opsar, Bully, 2018 From The Series of Arte Erotica, Archival Pigment Print, Small size, Print

Alen Opsar

Bully, 2018 From The Series of Arte Erotica, Archival Pigment Print, Small size, 2018
38.1 x 61 x 2.5 cm
Print

$1,200

Ana Tisconia, Después, Print

Ana Tisconia

Después, 2018
65 x 52 cm
Print

$1,197

Alicia Mihai, Pasaje I, Print

Alicia Mihai

Pasaje I, 2019
40 x 30 cm
Print

$1,077

Stan Manoukian, The King, Print

Stan Manoukian

The King, 2019
132 x 72 cm
Print

$1,556

Ana Tiscornia, Entre dos esquinas, Print

Ana Tiscornia

Entre dos esquinas, 2018
65 x 52 cm
Print

$1,200

ErriC, Another Dimension, Print

ErriC

Another Dimension, 2020
50 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Print

$227

Bosquetro Bosquetro, Trino de Agua / Water Trill, Print

Bosquetro Bosquetro

Trino de Agua / Water Trill, 2018
59.4 x 42 cm
Print

$260

Our recommendations Luis Camnitzer, Portfolio Two parallel lines, Print

Luis Camnitzer

Portfolio Two parallel lines, 2014
28 x 43 cm
Print

$10,769

Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Print

Agathe Wagner

Reciprocity 8, 2016
60 x 42 x 1 cm
Print

$120

Sarah Bayliss, 1930 Hotchkiss AM80 2995cc, Print

Sarah Bayliss

1930 Hotchkiss AM80 2995cc, 2016
71.2 x 101.6 cm
Print

$9,057

Lucio Forte, Paris Texas, Print

Lucio Forte

Paris Texas, 2012
30 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm
Print

$144

Andres Ferrandis, Los Paises Frios 1, Print

Andres Ferrandis

Los Paises Frios 1, 2018
121.9 x 121.9 cm
Print

$5,000

Guillaume Piot, Âne, Print

Guillaume Piot

Âne, 2016
42 x 30 cm
Print

$108

Themanfromthefuture Urano, Liberty, Print

Themanfromthefuture Urano

Liberty, 2017
38.5 x 33 x 0.1 cm
Print

$96

Amy Nelder, Just the Right Red, Print

Amy Nelder

Just the Right Red, 2011
40.6 x 40.6 cm
Print

$775

Clement Vuillier, Bambous, Print

Clement Vuillier

Bambous, 2020
40 x 30 cm
Print

$120

Rol, Wolverine, Print

Rol

Wolverine, 2016
45 x 32 x 1 cm
Print

$215

Noah Borger, Gattica, Print

Noah Borger

Gattica, 2019
40 x 30 x 2 cm
Print

$108

Paul Rousteau, Tour Eiffel 2, Print

Paul Rousteau

Tour Eiffel 2, 2020
40 x 30 cm
Print

$239

Laurent Corvaisier, Au musée, Print

Laurent Corvaisier

Au musée, 2021
40 x 30 cm
Print

$72

David Vanadia, Calanque de Sugiton, Print

David Vanadia

Calanque de Sugiton, 2021
40 x 30 cm
Print

$72

O Gringo, Queen, Print

O Gringo

Queen, 2020
125 x 95 x 1 cm
Print

$4,667

Christophe Pouget, Penn Station, Print

Christophe Pouget

Penn Station, 2013
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Print

$5,384

Marcello Quarta, Mickey supreme, Print

Marcello Quarta

Mickey supreme, 2020
70 x 70 x 3 cm
Print

$718

Antonio Mora, Broken dream, Print

Antonio Mora

Broken dream, 2020
150 x 100 cm
Print

$1,115

Marabout, L'enlèvement de la poule aux oeufs d'or, Print

Marabout

L'enlèvement de la poule aux oeufs d'or, 2019
70 x 100 x 2 cm
Print

$2,393

Art Vladi, Lucky Luck Limited Print, Print

Art Vladi

Lucky Luck Limited Print, 2020
60 x 60 x 4 cm
Print

$1,316

Our recommendations Ken Done, Lemons and Clouds, Print

Ken Done

Lemons and Clouds, 2010
87 x 66 cm
Print

$766

Sax Berlin, Tathagata, Print

Sax Berlin

Tathagata, 2017
88.9 x 71.1 x 0.3 cm
Print

$538

Samuel Favarica, Chakras, Print

Samuel Favarica

Chakras, 2015
90 x 90 x 1 cm
Print

$2,393

Aleksandra Honko, Pool no. 2, Print

Aleksandra Honko

Pool no. 2, 2018
33.5 x 26 x 0.1 cm
Print

$90

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