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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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Cope2, 46th Street Station, Print


46th Street Station, 2020
45.7 x 68.6 cm


Mark Kostabi, Heart Share, Print

Mark Kostabi

Heart Share, 1993
40 x 31.8 cm


Aiko, Bunny Love (Mint), Print


Bunny Love (Mint), 2021
68.6 x 53.3 cm


Atsuko Ishii, The innocence of wonder, Print

Atsuko Ishii

The innocence of wonder, 2020
50 x 40 x 1 cm


Marc Chagall, Pantomime, Print

Marc Chagall

Pantomime, 1972
65 x 49 cm


Ola Dobrzynska, Girl power, Print

Ola Dobrzynska

Girl power, 2016
24 x 17 cm


Jean Miotte, Rêve, c., Print

Jean Miotte

Rêve, c., 1990
45 x 58 x 0.2 cm


Fernand Léger, Les constructeurs, Print

Fernand Léger

Les constructeurs, 1955
50 x 63 cm


Ben Frost, Happy helmet, Print

Ben Frost

Happy helmet, 2021
7.5 x 7.5 cm


Sylvia Cebellan, Sulfure, Print

Sylvia Cebellan

Sulfure, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm


Zakaria al omar, Your hands are still, Print

Zakaria al omar

Your hands are still, 2019
150 x 200 cm


Bilos, Rêve Lucide, Print


Rêve Lucide, 2021
40 x 30 x 4 cm


Death NYC, 3 Soup Blue, Print

Death NYC

3 Soup Blue, 2015
32 x 45 x 0.1 cm

$39 $154

Stoz, Tkb 380, Print


Tkb 380, 2020
50 x 50 x 2 cm


Zhana Mitkova, A Trip to Greece, Print

Zhana Mitkova

A Trip to Greece, 2020
30 x 40 cm


Jeff Gillette, Goofy Slums, Print

Jeff Gillette

Goofy Slums, 2020
30.5 x 40.64 cm


Agent X, Valentine Love - Silver, Print

Agent X

Valentine Love - Silver, 2021
45 x 101 x 0.2 cm


Marino Marini, Spartico (Bizarria) - GA 184, Print

Marino Marini

Spartico (Bizarria) - GA 184, 1975
50.8 x 66 cm


Richard Lindner, NY Men (Fun City), Print

Richard Lindner

NY Men (Fun City), 1971
63.5 x 50.8 cm


Peter Halley, Cartoon View, Print

Peter Halley

Cartoon View, 2020
30 x 50 cm


Marianna Stuhr, Stones, Print

Marianna Stuhr

Stones, 2016
56 x 76 cm


Hunt Slonem, Lantern, Print

Hunt Slonem

Lantern, 1980
55.9 x 76.2 cm


Pierre Dmitrienko, Saisons III, Print

Pierre Dmitrienko

Saisons III, 1957
30.5 x 25 cm


Alëxone, Secret penguin, Print


Secret penguin, 2008
72 x 50 cm


Kelly Vincent, The Ruralist vs Mario, Print

Kelly Vincent

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


Marcel Ceuppens, La Colombe, Print

Marcel Ceuppens

La Colombe, 2020
33 x 48 cm


Robert Crumb, Crumb (Portfolio), Print

Robert Crumb

Crumb (Portfolio), 2013
70 x 50 x 0.5 cm


Jean-Pierre Yvaral, 50 Shades of Blue, Print

Jean-Pierre Yvaral

50 Shades of Blue, 1970
74.9 x 74.9 cm


#OneLife183, Alice in What the F@%k Land, Print


Alice in What the F@%k Land, 2021
60 x 60 x 5 cm


Joan Brossa, Rellotge de sol, Print

Joan Brossa

Rellotge de sol, 1989
62 x 50 cm


Charles Levier, Girl in Blue, Print

Charles Levier

Girl in Blue, 1970
76.2 x 55.9 cm


Michael Knigin, Romantic Lead, Print

Michael Knigin

Romantic Lead, 1978
74.9 x 35.6 cm


Paul Kostabi & Giuseppe Fortunato, KF0220, Print

Paul Kostabi & Giuseppe Fortunato

KF0220, 2020
50 x 40 x 2 cm


Marc Desgrandchamps, Latona 3, Print

Marc Desgrandchamps

Latona 3, 2018
70.2 x 50 cm


André Bricka, Myconos, Print

André Bricka

Myconos, 1989
56 x 76 cm


Bernard Charoy, Femme au foulard rouge, Print

Bernard Charoy

Femme au foulard rouge, 1983
74 x 54 cm


Vasil Angelov, Snow White, Print

Vasil Angelov

Snow White, 2018
100 x 70 cm


Philippe Hérard, Cent regards 1, Print

Philippe Hérard

Cent regards 1, 2019
20 x 20 cm


Conrad Marca-Relli, Ibiza II, Print

Conrad Marca-Relli

Ibiza II, 1968
50.8 x 63.5 cm


JaveL Art, El-f, Print

JaveL Art

El-f, 2020
40 x 40 x 0.2 cm


Patrick Marie, Falaise - Côte normande, Print

Patrick Marie

Falaise - Côte normande, 2019
70 x 49 x 0.1 cm

$129 $323

Nicholas Krushenick, Grill, Print

Nicholas Krushenick

Grill, 1980
101.6 x 86.4 cm


Allen D'Arcangelo, Smoke Dreams, Print

Allen D'Arcangelo

Smoke Dreams, 1980
66 x 91.4 cm


Urbain Huchet, Voiliers a Saint-Tropaz, Print

Urbain Huchet

Voiliers a Saint-Tropaz, 1990
74.9 x 54 cm


Dalek, Sans-titre, Print


Sans-titre, 2017
46 x 61 x 0.1 cm


Bosquetro Bosquetro, Trino de Agua / Water Trill, Print

Bosquetro Bosquetro

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


Sabine Finkenauer, Cube, Print

Sabine Finkenauer

Cube, 2016
30 x 40 x 1 cm


Our recommendations Toma Jankowski, Katma, Print

Toma Jankowski

Katma, 2013
60 x 40 cm


Levalet & Zenoy, Pandore, Print

Levalet & Zenoy

Pandore, 2018
70 x 70 x 1 cm


José Guerrero, Sin titulo I, Print

José Guerrero

Sin titulo I, 1990
62 x 45 cm


Claude Hemeret, Bouquet, Print

Claude Hemeret

Bouquet, 1985
38 x 53 cm


Mathieu Questel, Smoke break, Print

Mathieu Questel

Smoke break, 2018
100 x 70 cm


Moolinex, Inculte futur, Print


Inculte futur, 2020
17.5 x 17.5 x 3 cm


Our recommendations Slim Aarons, El venero, Print

Slim Aarons

El venero, 1967
76 x 101 cm


Javier Herrero, Serie Continentes Europa, Print

Javier Herrero

Serie Continentes Europa, 2001
76 x 56 cm


Nathan Carter, A super cell arctic vortex.., Print

Nathan Carter

A super cell arctic vortex.., 2014
67 x 78 cm


Claude Gaveau, Les cerisiers, Print

Claude Gaveau

Les cerisiers, 1989
56 x 73 cm


Sabine Pinkepank, Mask, Print

Sabine Pinkepank

Mask, 2003
21 x 17 cm


Laurent Durrey, Mon amour, Print

Laurent Durrey

Mon amour, 2021
96 x 70 x 1 cm


Paul Insect, Pollen Dream Artist Proof Edition 10, Print

Paul Insect

Pollen Dream Artist Proof Edition 10, 2017
71 x 50 cm


Lotario, Estro (a), Print


Estro (a), 2019
60 x 43 x 0.1 cm


Édouard Pignon, Sans titre, Print

Édouard Pignon

Sans titre, 1970
57 x 45 cm


Mariana Laín, Botas rojas, Print

Mariana Laín

Botas rojas, 2001
46.5 x 32.5 cm


Montserrat Casacuberta, Paisaje con cipreses, Print

Montserrat Casacuberta

Paisaje con cipreses, 2000
28 x 91 cm


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