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Metal 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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Li Lihong, Mini Mickey China Ed. 2019 - Silver, Print

Li Lihong

Mini Mickey China Ed. 2019 - Silver, 2019
8 x 9 x 6 cm
Print

$237

Our recommendations Jean Dubuffet, L'homme au chapeau, Print

Jean Dubuffet

L'homme au chapeau, 1961
83.8 x 68.6 x 2.5 cm
Print

$25,000

Nef, Dual Road, Print

Nef

Dual Road, 2018
20.8 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Print

$47

Stéphane Gautier, Houba!, Print

Stéphane Gautier

Houba!, 2020
65 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$344

Philippe Druillet, Itaï Ed. 2019 - Red, Print

Philippe Druillet

Itaï Ed. 2019 - Red, 2019
11 x 7 x 4 cm
Print

$296

Our recommendations Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 8, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 8, 2019
16 x 28 x 9 cm
Print

$379

Our recommendations Xiaobai Su, Kuanhou-Summer, Print

Xiaobai Su

Kuanhou-Summer, 2015
61 x 56.6 cm
Print

$3,557

Katre, Porto perspectives, Print

Katre

Porto perspectives, 2019
30 x 40 cm
Print

$474

Massimo Bartolini, 287 hours, Print

Massimo Bartolini

287 hours, 2014
77 x 230 cm
Print

$2,134

Wayne Gonzales, Cars, Print

Wayne Gonzales

Cars, 2014
45.7 x 35.6 cm
Print

$700

Giò Pomodoro, Fossil, Print

Giò Pomodoro

Fossil, 1955
28 x 38 x 0.2 cm
Print

$415

Simone Webb, Fragments of Matter, Print

Simone Webb

Fragments of Matter, 2014
105 x 105 x 0.1 cm
Print

$961

Lorraine Thorne, Circle of Life Mono print series #1, Print

Lorraine Thorne

Circle of Life Mono print series #1, 2020
40 x 35 x 3 cm
Print

$456

Hulda Hákon, Beneath the Starlit Sky, Print

Hulda Hákon

Beneath the Starlit Sky, 2008
70 x 50 cm
Print

$676

Miki Leal, A sangre fría III, Print

Miki Leal

A sangre fría III, 2007
39 x 32 x 1 cm
Print

$593

Viktor Polson, Snake, Print

Viktor Polson

Snake, 2017
75 x 110 x 5 cm
Print

$2,134

Chantal Derderian-Christol, Soleil en fusion, Print

Chantal Derderian-Christol

Soleil en fusion, 2019
33 x 41 x 0.1 cm
Print

$95

Carlos Aires, Reflections in a Golden Eye III, Print

Carlos Aires

Reflections in a Golden Eye III, 2019
200 x 200 x 7 cm
Print

$35,571

Chuchin Gutierrez, Face #9, Print

Chuchin Gutierrez

Face #9, 2017
36 x 46 x 1 cm
Print

$296

Max Steven Grossman, Rock CDA, Print

Max Steven Grossman

Rock CDA, 2021
94 x 190.5 x 5.1 cm
Print

10,000 - $ 15,000

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Unyielding, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Unyielding, 2020
91.44 x 91.44 cm
Print

$1,779

Hervé Di Rosa, Visite en ville, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Visite en ville, 2017
76 x 56 x 0.01 cm
Print

$1,067

Hervé Di Rosa, Paris Vector 05, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Paris Vector 05, 2010
66 x 112 cm
Print

$1,186

Li Lihong, Mini Mickey China Ed. 2019 - Gold, Print

Li Lihong

Mini Mickey China Ed. 2019 - Gold, 2019
8 x 9 x 6 cm
Print

$237

Ghost Art, Dollar skull, Print

Ghost Art

Dollar skull, 2019
75 x 180 x 4.5 cm
Print

$6,403

Death NYC, First Aid Spray, Print

Death NYC

First Aid Spray, 2013
45 x 32 x 0.1 cm
Print

$117

Paola Pivi, One cup of cappuccino then I go, Print

Paola Pivi

One cup of cappuccino then I go, 2013
50 x 70 cm
Print

$427

Vincent Sabatier, Chanel 4, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Chanel 4, 2019
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$379

Vincent Sabatier, Block, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Block, 2019
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$332

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur Additive Gris Tres, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur Additive Gris Tres, 2017
60 x 60 cm
Print

$8,300

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Couleur Additive Gris Dos, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Couleur Additive Gris Dos, 2017
60 x 60 cm
Print

$8,300

Hervé Di Rosa, Simplon, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Simplon, 1989
18.5 x 23 cm
Print

$474

Stéphane Gautier, Wanted, Print

Stéphane Gautier

Wanted, 2020
65 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$344

Angela Morris-Winmill, Dripping Gold Chinese Water Buffallo on White Diamond Dust, Print

Angela Morris-Winmill

Dripping Gold Chinese Water Buffallo on White Diamond Dust, 2019
88.9 x 88.9 x 2.5 cm
Print

$1,185

Philippe Druillet, Itaï Ed. 2019 - Gold, Print

Philippe Druillet

Itaï Ed. 2019 - Gold, 2019
11 x 7 x 4 cm
Print

$296

Our recommendations Carlos Cruz-Diez, Caura-4, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Caura-4, 2015
60 x 70 cm
Print

$5,336

Angela Morris-Winmill, Silver Chinese Water Buffalo Skull, Print

Angela Morris-Winmill

Silver Chinese Water Buffalo Skull, 2019
50.8 x 50.8 x 2.5 cm
Print

$316

Sumit Mehndiratta, Wikro, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Wikro, 2018
38 x 231 x 2 cm
Print

$830

Zbigniew Lutomski, A spruce, Print

Zbigniew Lutomski

A spruce, 1965
83 x 52 cm
Print

$652

Liliana Porter, To Fix It II, Print

Liliana Porter

To Fix It II, 2018
58.5 x 45.5 cm
Print

$2,371

Liliana Porter, To Fix It, Print

Liliana Porter

To Fix It, 2018
58.5 x 45.5 cm
Print

$2,371

Siergiej Timochow, Still life with two chairs, Print

Siergiej Timochow

Still life with two chairs, 2005
53 x 39 cm
Print

$593

Bernard Louédin, Chronos, Print

Bernard Louédin

Chronos, 1990
43 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Print

$296

Our recommendations François Morellet, 2 trames de tirets-négatif, Print

François Morellet

2 trames de tirets-négatif, 1960
62 x 62 cm
Print

$1,779

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 7, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 7, 2019
16 x 28 x 9 cm
Print

$379

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 6, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 6, 2019
16 x 28 x 9 cm
Print

$379

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 5, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 5, 2019
16 x 28 x 9 cm
Print

$379

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 4, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 4, 2019
16 x 28 x 9 cm
Print

$379

Jana Lottenburger, L'autre forêt 3, Print

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 3, 2019
16 x 28 x 9 cm
Print

$379

Duncan Wade, London Bunch, Print

Duncan Wade

London Bunch, 2020
76 x 170 x 3 cm
Print

$2,595

Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Pulmo marinus 5, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Pulmo marinus 5, 2011
60 x 60 x 0.2 cm
Print

$569

Xiaobai Su, Big Inkstone 4, Print

Xiaobai Su

Big Inkstone 4, 2018
76 x 77 cm
Print

$3,557

Hans Hartung, Farandole 7, Print

Hans Hartung

Farandole 7, 1971
49 x 74 cm
Print

$1,779

Ryszard Gieryszewski, A. N. Programme, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

A. N. Programme, 1981
12 x 10 cm
Print

$296

Jerzy Panek, Portrait of Jozef Gielniak, Print

Jerzy Panek

Portrait of Jozef Gielniak, 1963
38.5 x 30 cm
Print

$2,964

Jerzy Panek, Portrait of Jozef Gielniak, Print

Jerzy Panek

Portrait of Jozef Gielniak, 1963
35 x 27 cm
Print

$2,964

Jerzy Panek, Portrait of Jozef Gielniak, Print

Jerzy Panek

Portrait of Jozef Gielniak, 1963
31 x 30 cm
Print

$2,964

Jerzy Panek, Portrait of Jozef Gielniak, Print

Jerzy Panek

Portrait of Jozef Gielniak, 1967
38 x 30 cm
Print

$2,964

Blandine Galtier, Jusques au ciel, vers de plus hauts étages, Print

Blandine Galtier

Jusques au ciel, vers de plus hauts étages, 2019
80 x 60 x 0.2 cm
Print

$1,008

Xiaobai Su, Big Inkstone 2, Print

Xiaobai Su

Big Inkstone 2, 2016
76 x 77 cm
Print

$3,557

Blandine Galtier, Instant 12, Print

Blandine Galtier

Instant 12, 2016
65 x 40 x 1 cm
Print

$415

Blandine Galtier, Instant 10, Print

Blandine Galtier

Instant 10, 2016
65 x 40 x 1 cm
Print

$415

Blandine Galtier, Instant 9, Print

Blandine Galtier

Instant 9, 2016
80 x 60 x 1 cm
Print

$771

Blandine Galtier, Instant 11, Print

Blandine Galtier

Instant 11, 2016
65 x 40 x 1 cm
Print

$415

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