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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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François Schuiten, Objectif Mars, Print

François Schuiten

Objectif Mars, 2021
80 x 60 cm


Zoé Lab, Petite Reine, Print

Zoé Lab

Petite Reine, 2019
40 x 30 cm


Marcel Chirnoaga, The Flyer, Print

Marcel Chirnoaga

The Flyer, 1969
55 x 39 x 0.1 cm


Fudgie Kaye, European Gothic, Print

Fudgie Kaye

European Gothic, 2021
67.8 x 80 x 0.2 cm


Stéphan Art, Illusion, Print

Stéphan Art

Illusion, 2021
100 x 80 x 0.5 cm


Our recommendations Scott Kahn, Autumn Along the Connecticut Shore, Print

Scott Kahn

Autumn Along the Connecticut Shore, 2020
54 x 61 cm


Salvador Dali, L'ativisme Desoxyribonucleique, Print

Salvador Dali

L'ativisme Desoxyribonucleique, 1975
66 x 76.2 cm


Marc Chagall, Le Magicien de Paris I, Print

Marc Chagall

Le Magicien de Paris I, 1969
101.6 x 66 cm


Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

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


Our recommendations Chiho Aoshima, Hot Spring, Print

Chiho Aoshima

Hot Spring, 2005
68 x 68 cm


Enki Bilal, Transhumans 2, Print

Enki Bilal

Transhumans 2, 2021
76 x 56 cm


Fabien Verschaere, Me versus me, Print

Fabien Verschaere

Me versus me, 2012
30 x 40 x 3 cm


Our recommendations Léon Spilliaert, Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, Print

Léon Spilliaert

Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, 2021
59 x 72 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


Alain Vaissière, L'explorateur, Print

Alain Vaissière

L'explorateur, 2021
115 x 115 x 1 cm


Czeslaw Tumielewicz, A painter and Don Kichot, Print

Czeslaw Tumielewicz

A painter and Don Kichot, 2007
20.5 x 28 cm


Barbara Rosiak, A baroque improvisation, Print

Barbara Rosiak

A baroque improvisation, 1980
24.5 x 16.5 cm


Monika Rossa, A couch, Print

Monika Rossa

A couch, 2010
55.5 x 71 cm


Guillaume Azoulay, It take’s two, Print

Guillaume Azoulay

It take’s two, 2017
70.5 x 88.9 cm


Franciszek Bunsch, Dark Side of the Moon, Print

Franciszek Bunsch

Dark Side of the Moon, 2002
18 x 14 x 0.5 cm


Damien Deroubaix, The Artist, Print

Damien Deroubaix

The Artist, 2017
114 x 77 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations Niki de Saint Phalle, L'Arbre aux Serpents, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

L'Arbre aux Serpents, 1970
75 x 50 cm


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

Mason Storm

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


Christian Lapie, Fragment of Eros, Print

Christian Lapie

Fragment of Eros, 2020
50.5 x 34 x 0.1 cm


Janusz Akermann, That's her, my beloved one, Print

Janusz Akermann

That's her, my beloved one, 1996
63 x 92.5 cm


Robert Bennett, Talking Machines #4, Print

Robert Bennett

Talking Machines #4, 1979
55.9 x 76.2 cm


Our recommendations Roland Topor, Ciel ouvert, Print

Roland Topor

Ciel ouvert, 1970
65 x 48 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations Okuda, Jumping to another dimension, Print


Jumping to another dimension, 2019
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Stan Manoukian, The King, Print

Stan Manoukian

The King, 2019
132 x 72 cm


Eduardo Paolozzi, Lots of Pictures, Lots of Fun, Print

Eduardo Paolozzi

Lots of Pictures, Lots of Fun, 1971
76.2 x 55.9 cm


Pat Andrea, Escalier, Print

Pat Andrea

Escalier, 2010
32 x 38 cm


Thomas Ott, Konstruktion - Dämon - Gewächs (triptyque), Print

Thomas Ott

Konstruktion - Dämon - Gewächs (triptyque), 2018
45 x 100.5 cm


Kef!, Sharp #6, Print


Sharp #6, 2019
48.3 x 35.6 cm


Thaddée, Bonne mère, Print


Bonne mère, 2018
68.6 x 60 cm


Andrzej Mazur, Connected, Print

Andrzej Mazur

Connected, 2009
32.5 x 39 cm


Krystyna Jaszke, Black Angel, Print

Krystyna Jaszke

Black Angel, 2013
20 x 10.5 cm


Rosie Eisor, Bat Godess, Print

Rosie Eisor

Bat Godess, 2021
100 x 70 cm


Lionel Morateur, Le lapin blanc, Print

Lionel Morateur

Le lapin blanc, 2019
50 x 70 x 0.1 cm


Charles Fazzino, Best of Boca, Print

Charles Fazzino

Best of Boca, 1993
55.9 x 77.5 x 3 cm


Yaya Herman Dune, Spjutmo, Print

Yaya Herman Dune

Spjutmo, 2010
57 x 71 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Bruno Mallart, Le jardin des délires, la terre, Print

Bruno Mallart

Le jardin des délires, la terre, 2013
129 x 98 x 3 cm


Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad, We Are Happy Together, Print

Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad

We Are Happy Together, 2021
100 x 70 cm


Jean-Paul Cleren, Main heureuse, Print

Jean-Paul Cleren

Main heureuse, 1979
65 x 48 cm


Juan Ripolles, Musician at night, Print

Juan Ripolles

Musician at night, 2018
75 x 55 cm


Joseph Klibansky, Skies of Tomorrow, Print

Joseph Klibansky

Skies of Tomorrow, 2015
85 x 146 x 3 cm


Carole Chaix, La grande parade, Print

Carole Chaix

La grande parade, 2018
60 x 50 cm


Art Vladi, Lucky Luck Limited Print, Print

Art Vladi

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


Carlos Antonio Sablon Perez, En Compagnie, Print

Carlos Antonio Sablon Perez

En Compagnie, 2021
50 x 40 x 0.1 cm


Olivier Lamboray, Cosmonaute Girl, Print

Olivier Lamboray

Cosmonaute Girl, 2019
50 x 50 x 2 cm


Lottas, Viscera torácica, Print


Viscera torácica, 2014
60 x 40 cm


Sait Mingü, Halley, Print

Sait Mingü

Halley, 2020
30 x 30 x 3 cm


Antonio Mora, La portoguesa, Print

Antonio Mora

La portoguesa, 2020
150 x 100 cm


George Condo, More sketches of Spain-For Miles Davis 4, Print

George Condo

More sketches of Spain-For Miles Davis 4, 1991
69 x 77 x 0.02 cm


Eric Rewitzer, Gidorrah, Print

Eric Rewitzer

Gidorrah, 2000
100 x 100 cm


Yann Cosruer, Qui ne dit mot consent, Print

Yann Cosruer

Qui ne dit mot consent, 2019
70 x 49 x 0.1 cm


Duilio Forte, ArkiZoic Ark 1, Print

Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 1, 2019
8 x 14 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations Félix Labisse, Artifiction, Print

Félix Labisse

Artifiction, 1978
56 x 76 cm


Simone Monney, Aqua city, Print

Simone Monney

Aqua city, 2017
69.8 x 100 x 3 cm


Allison M. Low, Journey to Paradise, Print

Allison M. Low

Journey to Paradise, 2020
42 x 42 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Wolfgang Seuther, 1952 Animaux surréalistes, Print

Wolfgang Seuther

1952 Animaux surréalistes, 1952
21 x 30 cm


Fredy Lapenna, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Print

Fredy Lapenna

The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1990
50 x 70 x 0.2 cm


Maria Rivans, Venus, Print

Maria Rivans

Venus, 2021
100 x 70 cm


José Hernandez, Espectro del miedo, Print

José Hernandez

Espectro del miedo, 1975
76 x 56 x 0.02 cm


Jean François Bottollier, Ballet des petits poussins dans leur coquille, Print

Jean François Bottollier

Ballet des petits poussins dans leur coquille, 2020
49 x 49 x 0.1 cm


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