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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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Hervé Di Rosa, Milagros, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Milagros, 2001
76 x 56 cm

$747 $830

Georges Braque, Fleurs, Print

Georges Braque

Fleurs, 1960
47 x 36 cm

$3,201 $3,557

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Eléphants roses, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Eléphants roses, 2018
65 x 50 cm


Julie Zeitline, Un envol à New-York city, Print

Julie Zeitline

Un envol à New-York city, 2018
65 x 50 cm


Claude Viallat, Éloge du jaune, Print

Claude Viallat

Éloge du jaune, 1998
18 x 24 x 1 cm


Reinhoud d'Haese, Miroir, Print

Reinhoud d'Haese

Miroir, 1986
22 x 14 cm


Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Snoopy House, Print

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wrapped Snoopy House, 2004
61.2 x 54.9 cm


David Shrigley, Wine, Print

David Shrigley

Wine, 2020
75 x 55 cm


Jules Cavaillès, La lecture, Print

Jules Cavaillès

La lecture, 1965
65.5 x 47 x 0.1 cm


Jules Pascin, Deux femmes Two Ladies, Print

Jules Pascin

Deux femmes Two Ladies, 1965
38 x 28 cm

$2,081 $2,312

Simon Yung, Bar, Print

Simon Yung

Bar, 2020
76 x 56 x 0.5 cm


Russell Young, Marilyn Hollywood - Superstar Pink, Print

Russell Young

Marilyn Hollywood - Superstar Pink, 2019
106.7 x 83.8 x 0.1 cm


Raymond Veysset, Brigitte, Print

Raymond Veysset

Brigitte, 1947
30 x 20 cm

$907 $1,008

Jeremy Bocconi, Cicatrices, Print

Jeremy Bocconi

Cicatrices, 2021
76 x 56 cm


Katherine Bernhardt, Merengue, Print

Katherine Bernhardt

Merengue, 2017
70.5 x 97 cm


Our recommendations Miss Tic, Dans nos jardins secrets le désir se crée, Print

Miss Tic

Dans nos jardins secrets le désir se crée, 2015
65 x 92 cm


Our recommendations Pierre Alechinsky, Ainsi ne soit-il pas, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Ainsi ne soit-il pas, 1998
66 x 51 cm


Blek Le Rat, L'anarchiste, Print

Blek Le Rat

L'anarchiste, 2020
23 x 31 cm


Our recommendations Jérôme Mesnager, Quel cirque !, Print

Jérôme Mesnager

Quel cirque !, 2015
65 x 92 cm


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

Egon Schiele

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


Hom Nguyen, Human, Print

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2020
122 x 80 x 3 cm


Our recommendations Speedy Graphito, Fragile paradise, Print

Speedy Graphito

Fragile paradise, 2010
80 x 106 x 1 cm


Pablo Picasso, Exposition Vallauris (1964), Print

Pablo Picasso

Exposition Vallauris (1964), 1964
63.5 x 53.3 cm


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince, Print

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Le Petit Prince, 2012
50 x 40 cm


Marc Chagall, Le Magicien de Paris I, Print

Marc Chagall

Le Magicien de Paris I, 1969
101.6 x 66 cm


Our recommendations Guy Denning, Paradis est ici, Print

Guy Denning

Paradis est ici, 2015
65 x 92 cm


Our recommendations Edvard Munch, Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, Print

Edvard Munch

Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, 2017
65 x 49 cm


Alekos Fassianos, Rebetika II, Print

Alekos Fassianos

Rebetika II, 1991
32 x 24.5 cm


Our recommendations Fabrice Hyber, Pépins, Print

Fabrice Hyber

Pépins, 2019
80 x 120 cm


Our recommendations Barthélémy Toguo, Pump Up Mind, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Pump Up Mind, 2017
140 x 100 x 0.1 cm


Antoine Josse, La potomanie du Rouge, Print

Antoine Josse

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


Karel Appel, Floating in a Landscape, Print

Karel Appel

Floating in a Landscape, 1979
54.6 x 74.9 cm


Kaws, NVG Gone, Print


NVG Gone, 2019
43 x 34 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


Artiste Ouvrier, Judith Holofernes, Print

Artiste Ouvrier

Judith Holofernes, 2015
92 x 65 cm


Our recommendations Ziegler T, Anachrist, Print

Ziegler T

Anachrist, 2013
56 x 38 cm


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), La Maternité, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

La Maternité, 2021
60 x 50 x 0.1 cm


Our recommendations A.R. Penck, Nacht Blau-rot III, Print

A.R. Penck

Nacht Blau-rot III, 1991
106 x 76 cm


Françoise Pétrovitch, Soleil, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Soleil, 2018
91 x 64.6 x 0.1 cm


Hiroyuki Moriyama, Sans titre, Print

Hiroyuki Moriyama

Sans titre, 2004
73 x 93 cm


Claude Hemeret, Bouquet, Print

Claude Hemeret

Bouquet, 1985
38 x 53 cm


Enki Bilal, Transhumans 2, Print

Enki Bilal

Transhumans 2, 2021
76 x 56 cm


Our recommendations Pierre Doutreleau, Harmonie bleue, Print

Pierre Doutreleau

Harmonie bleue, 1987
74 x 57 cm


Our recommendations James Rielly, In Love, Print

James Rielly

In Love, 2017
89.3 x 64.6 x 0.1 cm


Alex Katz, Night: William Dunas Dance (Pamela) Suite, Print

Alex Katz

Night: William Dunas Dance (Pamela) Suite, 1983
63.5 x 78.7 cm


Antoni Clavé, Papier froisse, Print

Antoni Clavé

Papier froisse, 1979
66 x 50 cm


Jesús-Rafael Soto, Ovalo Rojo, Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Ovalo Rojo, 1980
55.9 x 76.2 cm


Alberto Magnelli, Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Composition, 1960
48.3 x 33 cm


Gottfried Honegger, Heraklit I, Print

Gottfried Honegger

Heraklit I, 1986
28 x 19.2 cm


Vladimir Velickovic, 26ème Trophée Lancôme, Print

Vladimir Velickovic

26ème Trophée Lancôme, 1995
75 x 54 cm


Our recommendations Fernando Bellver, Francis Picabia, Print

Fernando Bellver

Francis Picabia, 1994
64 x 48 cm


Bernard Gantner, Le pont, Print

Bernard Gantner

Le pont, 1980
54 x 77 cm


Pejac, Love Letter, Print


Love Letter, 2018
16 x 26 x 0.1 cm


Tony Soulié, New York 03, Print

Tony Soulié

New York 03, 2007
111.8 x 157.2 cm


Our recommendations Thomas Campbell, Uui Nu Cabeer, Print

Thomas Campbell

Uui Nu Cabeer, 2018
61 x 38 x 1 cm


Claude Lévêque, Golden World, Print

Claude Lévêque

Golden World, 2018
75 x 105 cm


Marc Jesús-Vives, La carta, Print

Marc Jesús-Vives

La carta, 2000
36.5 x 121 cm


Our recommendations Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic, Leaf 01, Print

Nicolas Le Beuan Bénic

Leaf 01, 2019
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm


Pierre Dmitrienko, Saisons III, Print

Pierre Dmitrienko

Saisons III, 1957
30.5 x 25 cm


Lowell Nesbitt, Iris, Print

Lowell Nesbitt

Iris, 1981
91.4 x 62.9 cm


Our recommendations Alice Neel, The Family, Print

Alice Neel

The Family, 1982
79.4 x 68.6 cm


José Luis Cuevas, Macbeth, Print

José Luis Cuevas

Macbeth, 1987
61 x 83.8 cm


Winshluss, Over the Rainbow, Print


Over the Rainbow, 2018
120 x 80 cm


Gilles Barbier, Sans titre, Print

Gilles Barbier

Sans titre, 2017
82 x 62 cm


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