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Paper 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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Tahuanty Jacanamijoy, Banana Dorado, Print

Tahuanty Jacanamijoy

Banana Dorado, 2018
35 x 20 x 0.3 cm


Luis Gordillo, Untitled, Print

Luis Gordillo

Untitled, 1990
76 x 67.5 cm


CTK - Shoe / Bando / Mode2, Bando ctk, Print

CTK - Shoe / Bando / Mode2

Bando ctk, 2013
80 x 60 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Egon Schiele, Les amoureux / Lovers - 1909, Print

Egon Schiele

Les amoureux / Lovers - 1909, 2018
54 x 50 cm


Our recommendations Gustav Klimt, La Fille aux bas de soie sur le Tabouret / The Girl with silk stockings sitting on the stool - 1910 (Sitzende mit gerafftem Rock / Seated Female Semi-Nude in Patterned Dress, Her Head Resting on Her Right Knee), Print

Gustav Klimt

La Fille aux bas de soie sur le Tabouret / The Girl with silk stockings sitting on the stool - 1910 (Sitzende mit gerafftem Rock / Seated Female Semi-Nude in Patterned Dress, Her Head Resting on Her Right Knee), 2012
87 x 59 cm


Our recommendations Yrjö Edelmann, Detection of blue vibration, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

Detection of blue vibration, 2012
57 x 46 cm


Our recommendations Hans Hartung, Farandole, Print

Hans Hartung

Farandole, 1971
53 x 41 x 5 cm


Our recommendations Kasimir Malevitch, Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, Print

Kasimir Malevitch

Réalité peinte d'un joueur de football / Painterly Realism of a Football Player - 1915, 2018
90 x 61.5 cm


Richard Orlinski, Raw ! Green, Print

Richard Orlinski

Raw ! Green, 2021
50 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Andy Warhol, Bluegrass edition, Marilyn Monroe, Print

Andy Warhol

Bluegrass edition, Marilyn Monroe, 2021
60 x 60 cm


Troy Henriksen, Paysage urbain, Print

Troy Henriksen

Paysage urbain, 2012
65 x 50 cm


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), La Maternité, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

La Maternité, 2021
60 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Shaka, Etude L. Freud, Print


Etude L. Freud, 2011
24 x 35.5 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Philippe Achermann, Virginia Woolf, Print

Philippe Achermann

Virginia Woolf, 2021
24 x 18 cm


Atsuko Ishii, We are lucky, Print

Atsuko Ishii

We are lucky, 2019
21 x 15 x 0.5 cm


Our recommendations Jorge Macchi, Fósforo, Print

Jorge Macchi

Fósforo, 2010
50 x 75 cm


Sébastien Mérieau, Octopus, Print

Sébastien Mérieau

Octopus, 2019
33 x 25 cm


Alberto Magnelli, Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Composition, 1960
48.3 x 33 cm


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

Jana Lottenburger

L'autre forêt 8, 2019
16 x 28 x 9 cm


Antoni Clavé, Papier froisse, Print

Antoni Clavé

Papier froisse, 1979
66 x 50 cm


León Ferrari, A un lado por la izquierda, Print

León Ferrari

A un lado por la izquierda, 2009
56 x 38 cm


Pejac, Love Letter, Print


Love Letter, 2018
16 x 26 x 0.1 cm


Berenika Korecka-Sowinska, A Notebook (Cycle-XVII), Print

Berenika Korecka-Sowinska

A Notebook (Cycle-XVII), 2016
49 x 69 cm


Richard Texier, La mer ce soir, Print

Richard Texier

La mer ce soir, 1999
80 x 62 cm


Casey Waterman, Red Ball, From the Series “Why This Restlessness?”, Print

Casey Waterman

Red Ball, From the Series “Why This Restlessness?”, 2018
101.6 x 127 x 0.3 cm


David Batchelor, Chromoscape 1-10, Print

David Batchelor

Chromoscape 1-10, 2018
50 x 70 cm


Michael Craig-Martin, The Catalan Suite I - Shirt, Print

Michael Craig-Martin

The Catalan Suite I - Shirt, 2013
45 x 45 cm


Larry Zox, Grey Sweep I, Print

Larry Zox

Grey Sweep I, 1979
105.4 x 76.2 cm


Pierre Muckensturm, 196J13068H, Print

Pierre Muckensturm

196J13068H, 2019
76 x 56 cm


Cezary Poniatowski, Creature XXXIII, Print

Cezary Poniatowski

Creature XXXIII, 2008
59 x 89 cm


Marian Bocianowski, Dreams I, Print

Marian Bocianowski

Dreams I, 1999
10.5 x 9 cm


Carmen Garcia, El barco, Print

Carmen Garcia

El barco, 2000
76 x 56 cm


Paul Laster, The Paris Bit, Transparent Tape and Print Media on Paper, Print

Paul Laster

The Paris Bit, Transparent Tape and Print Media on Paper, 1989
14 x 10.2 x 0.3 cm


Stefan Brüggemann, Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), Print

Stefan Brüggemann

Portfolio Untitled (Joke & definition), 2011
86 x 99 cm


Our recommendations Ken Done, Lemons and Clouds, Print

Ken Done

Lemons and Clouds, 2010
87 x 66 cm


Our recommendations Joseph Beuys, Zirkulationszeit: Meerengel Robbe II , Print

Joseph Beuys

Zirkulationszeit: Meerengel Robbe II , 1982
38 x 28 cm


Felicita Frai, Gemelle fiorite, Print

Felicita Frai

Gemelle fiorite, 1990
57 x 76 x 0.1 cm


David Beauchard (David B.), Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, Print

David Beauchard (David B.)

Mon Grand-Père sur le Front, 2017
65 x 80 cm


Eskos, Eskos cash I, Print


Eskos cash I, 2019
7.5 x 18 x 0.3 cm


Our recommendations Le Corbusier, Unite, Print

Le Corbusier

Unite, 1965
57 x 45 cm


Jacob Kassay, Untitled 2/7 (Le Monde), Print

Jacob Kassay

Untitled 2/7 (Le Monde), 2013
52 x 68.5 cm


Sandra Gamarra, Los nuevos oradores I, Print

Sandra Gamarra

Los nuevos oradores I, 2010
30 x 41 cm


Our recommendations Oswaldo Guayasamin, Las manos de la ira, Print

Oswaldo Guayasamin

Las manos de la ira, 1973
56 x 76 cm


Our recommendations Unica Zurn, Oracles et spectacles 1, Print

Unica Zurn

Oracles et spectacles 1, 1967
32 x 24 cm


Vassily Kandinsky, Composition 2 pour Cahiers d'Art, Print

Vassily Kandinsky

Composition 2 pour Cahiers d'Art, 1932
40 x 31.5 x 0.3 cm


José Ángel Vincench, Exile, Print

José Ángel Vincench

Exile, 2019
130 x 260 x 2 cm


Our recommendations Cesar Lopez Osornio, La otra geometria 1, Print

Cesar Lopez Osornio

La otra geometria 1, 1994
77 x 57 cm


Our recommendations Nuria Mora, Untitled, Print

Nuria Mora

Untitled, 2015
50 x 50 cm


Carlos Kusnir, Sans titre, Print

Carlos Kusnir

Sans titre, 2015
70 x 50 cm


Mary Pupet, Friends, Print

Mary Pupet

Friends, 2016
70 x 50 cm


Virginie Barré, Sans titre, Print

Virginie Barré

Sans titre, 2015
70 x 50 cm


Tsuyu Bridwell, Captivation III, Print

Tsuyu Bridwell

Captivation III, 2015
90 x 60 x 0.2 cm


Eusebio Sempere, Se2, Print

Eusebio Sempere

Se2, 1974
76 x 56 cm


Dorothea Tanning, Composition 7, Print

Dorothea Tanning

Composition 7, 1971
43 x 32 cm


Our recommendations Dufié Kufuor, Sankofa, Print

Dufié Kufuor

Sankofa, 2021
40.6 x 40.6 cm


Antonin Anzil, Volubilis, Print

Antonin Anzil

Volubilis, 2016
80 x 60 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Robert Barry, Reflexions, Print

Robert Barry

Reflexions, 1991
91 x 63 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations Tibari Kantour, Sans titre I, Print

Tibari Kantour

Sans titre I, 2019
26 x 20 x 3 cm


Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1973
49.6 x 34.7 x 0.2 cm


Jacques Herold, Composition, Print

Jacques Herold

Composition, 1970
65.5 x 50 cm


Giuseppe Santomaso, Untitled 4, Print

Giuseppe Santomaso

Untitled 4, 1979
70 x 50 cm


Zoran Music, Paysage, Print

Zoran Music

Paysage, 1973
50 x 65 cm


Fritz Scholder, Flower at Giverney 1, Print

Fritz Scholder

Flower at Giverney 1, 1982
76 x 56 cm


Paz Borquez, Le défaut, un éloge III, Print

Paz Borquez

Le défaut, un éloge III, 2018
33 x 25 x 0.03 cm


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