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Ink Print

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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Gautier Caille, Caviar Dior, Print

Gautier Caille

Caviar Dior, 2021
80 x 80 x 1 cm


Albena Vatcheva, Le sofa, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Le sofa, 2021
30 x 42 x 0.01 cm


Vhils, Subsume 1 by Vhils / Artist Proof, Print


Subsume 1 by Vhils / Artist Proof, 2019
70 x 50 cm


JP Malot, Yo! Trooper Ultra Gold, Print

JP Malot

Yo! Trooper Ultra Gold, 2020
70 x 50 cm


FAILE, Fantasy, Print


Fantasy, 2021
76 x 61 cm


Our recommendations Ewan David Eason, Sacred Continent Africa, Print

Ewan David Eason

Sacred Continent Africa, 2017
69 x 69 x 1 cm


Pichi & Avo, Orphical Hymn to Harvest, Print

Pichi & Avo

Orphical Hymn to Harvest, 2019
65 x 50 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Ziegler T, Anachrist, Print

Ziegler T

Anachrist, 2013
56 x 38 cm


Aurélie Lafourcade, Mono Paysage, Print

Aurélie Lafourcade

Mono Paysage, 2019
62 x 46 cm


Michael Taylor, Agent, Print

Michael Taylor

Agent, 2013
77 x 63 cm


Our recommendations Yves Hayat, N°2 Time Fillette, Print

Yves Hayat

N°2 Time Fillette, 2015
70 x 50 cm


Ludovic Debeurme, Fils Masque, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Fils Masque, 2016
25 x 25 x 1 cm


Vitaliy Lishko, Untitled Monoprint, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Untitled Monoprint, 2020
84 x 60 x 0.1 cm


César Henao, S-I N°8, Print

César Henao

S-I N°8, 2019
30 x 30 x 0.3 cm


Danuta Tatar-Grzesiak, The building of Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts (Zacheta), Print

Danuta Tatar-Grzesiak

The building of Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts (Zacheta), 2009
30 x 20 cm


Felicita Frai, Gemelle fiorite, Print

Felicita Frai

Gemelle fiorite, 1990
57 x 76 x 0.1 cm


Christiane Vleugels, Faith 60/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Faith 60/100, 2020
140 x 98 cm


TMM, Steve McQueen Drives Porsche, Print


Steve McQueen Drives Porsche, 2018
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Shadee K, Passion E, Print

Shadee K

Passion E, 2013
18.5 x 13 cm


Olivier Morvan, Pour Sarah W, Print

Olivier Morvan

Pour Sarah W, 2017
70 x 50 cm


Edmond Li Bellefroid, Alligator, Print

Edmond Li Bellefroid

Alligator, 2017
60 x 40 cm


Our recommendations Akané Kirimura, Bios-G-IX, Print

Akané Kirimura

Bios-G-IX, 2016
80 x 60 cm


LN Le Cheviller, Poids de mes os - 3, Print

LN Le Cheviller

Poids de mes os - 3, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Atelier Kencre, Hands, Print

Atelier Kencre

Hands, 2018
40 x 30 cm


Our recommendations Andrew Cotton, The Basquiat, Print

Andrew Cotton

The Basquiat, 2018
152.4 x 127 x 2.5 cm


Aches, This dream of you, Print


This dream of you, 2021
73 x 57 x 0.1 cm


Lynda Benglis, Anchor 1, Print

Lynda Benglis

Anchor 1, 2010
60 x 43 x 1 cm


Lee Quinones, Lions Den, Print

Lee Quinones

Lions Den, 2014
45.7 x 35.6 cm


Guillaume Cornet, Mont Saint Michel - Dark Watercolours, Print

Guillaume Cornet

Mont Saint Michel - Dark Watercolours, 2016
90 x 68 x 4 cm


Brigitte Touvron, Gravure 5, Print

Brigitte Touvron

Gravure 5, 2019
50 x 50 x 1 cm


Nick Veasey, Skier, Print

Nick Veasey

Skier, 2021
127 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm

15,000 - $ 25,000

Nathalie Rey, Serie Swimming Pool, Print

Nathalie Rey

Serie Swimming Pool, 2019
100 x 75 cm


Roland Penrose, More light, Print

Roland Penrose

More light, 1980
56 x 76 cm


Sarah Fosse, The Shard, Print

Sarah Fosse

The Shard, 2017
72 x 42 x 4 cm


Iván Araujo, Caballo hueco para noches de ceniza y arena, Print

Iván Araujo

Caballo hueco para noches de ceniza y arena, 2019
60 x 40 cm


Saber (MSK), Awful Beautiful Lie (hand-finished), Print

Saber (MSK)

Awful Beautiful Lie (hand-finished), 2018
41 x 61 cm


Xavier Grau, Sans titre 2, Print

Xavier Grau

Sans titre 2, 1989
75 x 55 cm


Vincenzo Agnetti, Plate A from 'Spazio perduto e spazio costruito' portfolio, Print

Vincenzo Agnetti

Plate A from 'Spazio perduto e spazio costruito' portfolio, 1971
70 x 50 cm


André Hambourg, Composition, Print

André Hambourg

Composition, 1960
38 x 54 cm


Amaury Dubois, Warhol's Soup Can, Print

Amaury Dubois

Warhol's Soup Can, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm


Alex Pena, Pieced Remnants #4, Print

Alex Pena

Pieced Remnants #4, 2017
45.7 x 35.6 x 0.3 cm


AEC Interesni Kazki, The Birth Of A Supernova, Print

AEC Interesni Kazki

The Birth Of A Supernova, 2020
61 x 71 x 0.01 cm


Nikolay Devnenski, Citroën DS, Print

Nikolay Devnenski

Citroën DS, 2019
50 x 84 x 0.5 cm


Baris Saribas, Fighter Jet, Print

Baris Saribas

Fighter Jet, 2016
78 x 63 cm


Solveig Landa, Input, Print

Solveig Landa

Input, 2016
48 x 63 cm


MNO, RAM4, Print


RAM4, 2017
54 x 72 x 2 cm


Bernabé del Castillo, Geo, Print

Bernabé del Castillo

Geo, 2018
21 x 17 x 0.1 cm


Filogonio Naxín, Niya tjiee, Print

Filogonio Naxín

Niya tjiee, 2021
45 x 62 cm


Isabelle Courtois Lacoste, Silence vert, Print

Isabelle Courtois Lacoste

Silence vert, 2020
30 x 20 cm


Saul Steinberg, The Dream of E, Print

Saul Steinberg

The Dream of E, 1972
31.8 x 27.9 x 2.5 cm


Hideho Tanaka, Emerging 008, Print

Hideho Tanaka

Emerging 008, 2016
36.8 x 46.7 x 3.2 cm


Luisa Sallent, Untitled, Print

Luisa Sallent

Untitled, 2000
76 x 55 cm


Joseph Salamon, Heinrich Heine Il Romanzero, Print

Joseph Salamon

Heinrich Heine Il Romanzero, 1972
32 x 44.5 x 0.3 cm


Monique Dezès, Ici et Ailleurs, Print

Monique Dezès

Ici et Ailleurs, 2019
30 x 40 x 1 cm

$330 $413

Rebecca Whitewood, Tiger, Print

Rebecca Whitewood

Tiger, 2018
30 x 25 x 2 cm


Gerardo Delgado, Sans titre, Print

Gerardo Delgado

Sans titre, 1987
56 x 76 cm


Bernard Quesniaux, Sans-titre, Print

Bernard Quesniaux

Sans-titre, 2014
66 x 50 x 1 cm


Emi, Transiency, Print


Transiency, 2020
42 x 29.7 x 0.3 cm


Alain Bernardini, Marcille 2017, Print

Alain Bernardini

Marcille 2017, 2021
53 x 37.5 cm


LEMARIE, Rose Pink, Print


Rose Pink, 1955
65 x 50 x 0.3 cm


Michaël Cailloux, Semence, Print

Michaël Cailloux

Semence, 2016
40 x 28 x 0.5 cm


Anastasiia Kolibaba, Tairovo, Print

Anastasiia Kolibaba

Tairovo, 2020
29 x 34.5 x 1 cm


Quim Corominas, Untitled, Print

Quim Corominas

Untitled, 2000
68 x 50 cm


Tadeusz Kantor, Sans Titre, Print

Tadeusz Kantor

Sans Titre, 1975
42 x 30 x 0.1 cm


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