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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...



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price,500 facet,10503*Oeuvres d’artistes best sellers|icon-bestsellers*bestsellers facet,10503*Artworks by best-selling artists|icon-bestsellers*bestsellers facet,10503*Werke von Bestseller-Künstlern|icon-bestsellers*werke-von-kunstlern-bestseller facet,10503*Obras de los artistas más vendidos|icon-bestsellers*obras-de-los-artistas-mas-vendidos price,501:1000 facet,10500*Young Talents|icon-youngtalents*youngtalents facet,10500*Oeuvres d'artistes émergents|icon-youngtalents*jeunes-talents facet,10500*Werke von aufstrebenden Künstlern|icon-youngtalents*werke-von-jungen-kunstlern facet,10500*Obras de artistas emergentes|icon-youngtalents*obras-de-artistas-emergentes facet,10500*Werke aufstrebender Künstler|icon-youngtalents*werke-von-jungen-kunstlern category,6*Painting*painting category,6*Peinture*peinture category,6*Gemälde*gemalde category,6*Pintura*pintura facet,1629*Abstraite*abstraite facet,1629*abstracto*abstracto facet,1629*Abstract*abstract facet,1629*abstrakt*abstrakt facet,8274*Moyen (\u003c 115 x 115 cm)*moyen facet,8274*Moyen (\u003c 115 x 115 cm)|medium*moyen facet,8274*Moyen (\u003c 45 x 45 inch)|medium*moyen facet,8259*Our recommendations|icon-recommendations*recommendations facet,8259*Nos recommandations|icon-recommendations*recommandations facet,8259*unsere Empfehlungen|icon-recommendations*unsere-empfehlungen facet,8259*Nuestras recomendaciones|icon-recommendations*nuestras-recomendaciones price,1001:5000 facet,10497*Werke berühmter Künstler|icon-masterpieces*werke-beruhmter-kunstler facet,10497*Oeuvres d'artistes célèbres|icon-masterpieces*artistes-celebres facet,10497*Artworks by famous artists|icon-masterpieces*masterpieces facet,10497*Obras de artistas famosos|icon-masterpieces*obras-de-artistas-famosos facet,8277*Grand (\u003c 200 x 200 cm)*grand facet,8277*Grand (\u003c 80 x 80 inch)|large*grand facet,8277*Grand (\u003c 200 x 200 cm)|large*grand facet,1635*Street art*street-art facet,1635*Straßenkunst*street-art facet,1635*arte 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category,15*Print*print category,15*Druck*editionen category,15*Edición*edicion facet,8280*Très grand (\u003e 200 x 200 cm)*tres-grand facet,8280*Très grand (\u003e 200 x 200 cm)|very-large*tres-grand facet,8280*Très grand (\u003e 80 x 80 inch)|very-large*tres-grand facet,8277*Large (\u003c 80 x 80 inch)*large facet,8277*Large (\u003c 200 x 200 cm)*large facet,8277*Large (\u003c 80 x 80 inch)|large*large facet,8277*Large (\u003c 200 x 200 cm)|large*large facet,8301*Oeuvres en promotion|icon-promotions*promotions facet,8301*Special offers|icon-promotions*promotions facet,8301*Special Offers|icon-promotions*vergunstigte-werke facet,8301*Trabajos en promoción|icon-promotions*trabajos-en-promocion facet,1830*Paysage*orientation-paysage facet,1830*Landscape*orientation-landscape facet,1830*Landschaft*orientation-landschaft facet,1830*Landschaft|landscape*orientation-landschaft facet,1830*Paysage|landscape*orientation-paysage facet,1830*Landscape|landscape*orientation-landscape facet,1830*Paisaje|landscape*orientation-paisaje facet,1674*Scène de vie*scene-de-vie facet,1674*Everyday life*everyday-life facet,1674*Etchleben*etchleben facet,1674*Escena de la vida*escena-de-la-vida facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 115 x 115 cm)*medium facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 45 x 45 inch)*medium facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 45 x 45 inch)|medium*medium facet,8274*Medium (\u003c 115 x 115 cm)|medium*medium facet,1680*Tier*tier facet,1680*Animaux*animaux facet,1680*Animal*animal facet,1680*Animales*animales facet,8271*Petit (\u003c 50 x 50 cm)*petit facet,8271*Petit (\u003c 50 x 50 cm)|small*petit facet,8271*Petit (\u003c 20 x 20 inch)|small*petit facet,1668*Black and white*black-and-white facet,1668*Noir et blanc*noir-et-blanc facet,1668*Schwarz und weiß*schwarz-und-weiss facet,1668*Blanco y negro*blanco-y-negro facet,8280*Very large (\u003e 200 x 200 cm)*very-large facet,8280*Very large (\u003e 80 x 80 inch)*very-large facet,8280*Very large (\u003e 200 x 200 cm)|very-large*very-large facet,8280*Very large (\u003e 80 x 80 inch)|very-large*very-large facet,1632*Architecture*architecture facet,1632*Arquitectura*arquitectura facet,1632*Die Architektur*die-architektur price,5001:10000 facet,1659*Flore*flore facet,1659*Flora*flora facet,1659*Floral*floral facet,1659*Flores*flores facet,1650*Paysage urbain*paysage-urbain facet,1650*Städtische Landschaft*stadtische-landschaft facet,1650*Urban Landscape*urban-landscape facet,1650*Paisaje urbano*paisaje-urbano price,50001 price,10001:25000 facet,108*Öl*ol facet,108*huile*huile facet,108*oil*oil facet,108*al oleo*al-oleo facet,126*acrylique*acrylique facet,126*Acryl-*acryl facet,126*acrylic*acrylic facet,126*acrílico*acrilico facet,1692*Géométrique*geometrique facet,1692*Geometric*geometric facet,1692*Geometrisch*geometrisch facet,1692*Geometría*geometria facet,42*Rouge|FC2912*rouge facet,42*Red|FC2912*red facet,42*rot|FC2912*rot facet,42*Rojo|FC2912*rojo facet,12*noir|050002*noir facet,12*Black|050002*black 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Shepard Fairey (Obey), The Future is Unwritten Collage, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

The Future is Unwritten Collage, 2021
61 x 46 cm
Print

$634

JonOne, La blanche, Print

JonOne

La blanche, 2018
75 x 75 cm
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$3,168

Our recommendations Richard Orlinski, Raw Yellow EA Edition, Print

Richard Orlinski

Raw Yellow EA Edition, 2021
50 x 50 x 0.1 cm
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$605 $545

Mr. Brainwash, Muhammad Ali, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Muhammad Ali, 2020
81 x 112 cm
Print

$3,680

Arman, Hommage a la Tour Eiffel, Print

Arman

Hommage a la Tour Eiffel, 1989
76 x 56 cm
Print

$851

César Baldaccini, Hommage a la Tour Eiffel, Print

César Baldaccini

Hommage a la Tour Eiffel, 1989
76 x 56 cm
Print

$991

Our recommendations Valerio Adami, Hommage à la Tour Eiffel, Print

Valerio Adami

Hommage à la Tour Eiffel, 1989
76 x 56 cm
Print

$852

Vincent Sabatier, Audemars Piguet - Silver Black Chrono, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Audemars Piguet - Silver Black Chrono, 2021
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Print

$415

Eduardo Arroyo, Hommage a la Tour Eiffel, Print

Eduardo Arroyo

Hommage a la Tour Eiffel, 1989
76 x 56 cm
Print

$1,728

André Saraiva, Mr. A  - Printer Proof, Print

André Saraiva

Mr. A - Printer Proof, 2020
20.3 x 20.3 cm
Print

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Willem de Kooning, Rainbow: Thelonious Monk, Devil at the Keyboard, Print

Willem de Kooning

Rainbow: Thelonious Monk, Devil at the Keyboard, 1976
90.2 x 62.2 cm
Print

$9,500

James Rosenquist, Katonah Muse, Print

James Rosenquist

Katonah Muse, 1993
67.9 x 48.9 cm
Print

$8,500

Jean Tinguely, Hommage a la Tour Eiffel, Print

Jean Tinguely

Hommage a la Tour Eiffel, 1989
56 x 76 cm
Print

$1,555

Larry Rivers, Carnegie Hall from the Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary Portfolio, Print

Larry Rivers

Carnegie Hall from the Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary Portfolio, 1990
144.8 x 102.9 cm
Print

$6,500

Chiho Aoshima, A Courtesan in the Field of Silver Grass, Print

Chiho Aoshima

A Courtesan in the Field of Silver Grass, 2021
44 x 33 cm
Print

$2,038

Yohan Storti, Purple rain, Print

Yohan Storti

Purple rain, 2021
70 x 49 x 0.1 cm
Print

$369

Sophie Petetin, La neige est là, Print

Sophie Petetin

La neige est là, 2016
40 x 40 x 1.5 cm
Print

$109

Our recommendations Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Le Pont Neuf, Print

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Le Pont Neuf, 2020
25 x 19 cm
Print

$2,880

Stefan Thelen / Super A, Atlantis Squarepants, Print

Stefan Thelen / Super A

Atlantis Squarepants, 2020
61 x 61 x 0.1 cm
Print

$806

Our recommendations Invader, Invasion map of Djerba Island, Print

Invader

Invasion map of Djerba Island, 2020
50 x 67 cm
Print

$10,943

Kamen Startchev, Observation 7, Print

Kamen Startchev

Observation 7, 2021
62.5 x 52.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,325

Frank E Hollywood, The Cat is out of the bag, Print

Frank E Hollywood

The Cat is out of the bag, 2021
90 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,728

FAILE, Hollywood Nights, Print

FAILE

Hollywood Nights, 2021
107 x 71 cm
Print

$1,826

Hikari Shimoda, Angel Who Wants to Die #1, Print

Hikari Shimoda

Angel Who Wants to Die #1, 2021
86.3 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Print

$1,382 $1,175

Our recommendations R. Wayne Reynolds, Peaches, Pie and Pound Cake, Print

R. Wayne Reynolds

Peaches, Pie and Pound Cake, 2015
50 x 60 x 1 cm
Print

$575

Pichi & Avo, Orphical hymn to Poseidon, Print

Pichi & Avo

Orphical hymn to Poseidon, 2021
83 x 65 cm
Print

$1,037

Marie Vandooren, Gymnase, Print

Marie Vandooren

Gymnase, 2021
70 x 50 cm
Print

$276

Our recommendations Georges Braque, L'Oiseau et son Nid, Print

Georges Braque

L'Oiseau et son Nid, 1957
40.6 x 48.3 cm
Print

$3,500

Bault, La Traversée, Print

Bault

La Traversée, 2021
50 x 70 cm
Print

$184

Tony Soulié, Circus, Print

Tony Soulié

Circus, 2010
76 x 56 cm
Print

$979

Bernard Pras, La grande vague, Print

Bernard Pras

La grande vague, 2008
60 x 80 cm
Print

$1,382

Frances Featherstone, The Red Planet, Print

Frances Featherstone

The Red Planet, 2020
50 x 40 x 0.2 cm
Print

$460

Ob Ob, A Vow, Print

Ob Ob

A Vow, 2021
58.8 x 47.5 cm
Print

$2,038

Our recommendations Seaty, I have a dream, Print

Seaty

I have a dream, 2021
80 x 60 x 1 cm
Print

$864

Roby Dwi Antono, Epic Fight, Print

Roby Dwi Antono

Epic Fight, 2021
50.8 x 71.1 cm
Print

$6,000

Aiiroh, Spiderwoman, Print

Aiiroh

Spiderwoman, 2019
50 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Print

$1,613 $1,371

Our recommendations Gomor, Above the sky, Print

Gomor

Above the sky, 2020
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$749

Our recommendations Keith Haring, The Story of Red and Blue, Print

Keith Haring

The Story of Red and Blue, 1989
41.9 x 34.3 cm
Print

$12,500

Our recommendations Henri Matisse, Tête de Femme (Fribourg livres illustrés 25; Claude Duthuit 23), 1948, Print

Henri Matisse

Tête de Femme (Fribourg livres illustrés 25; Claude Duthuit 23), 1948, 1948
24.8 x 19.1 cm
Print

$24,500

Antonio Molina, Eve, Print

Antonio Molina

Eve, 2020
40 x 30 x 1 cm
Print

$518

Mr Sly, Live For ever, Print

Mr Sly

Live For ever, 2019
43 x 43 x 0.2 cm
Print

$518

Yuri Romagnoli (Hopnn), Vélographie, Print

Yuri Romagnoli (Hopnn)

Vélographie, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$173

Dorine van der Ploeg, Linocut of a field, Print

Dorine van der Ploeg

Linocut of a field, 2021
32 x 28 x 0.1 cm
Print

$288

Romero Britto, The Pink Elephant, Print

Romero Britto

The Pink Elephant, 2017
90 x 72 cm
Print

$1,128

Hebru Brantley, Night Flight, Print

Hebru Brantley

Night Flight, 2021
73.7 x 91.4 cm
Print

$5,759

Our recommendations Alexander Calder, Two half disks, Print

Alexander Calder

Two half disks, 1971
74.9 x 109.2 cm
Print

$16,500

Our recommendations Vhils, Oxymoron, Print

Vhils

Oxymoron, 2020
70 x 50 cm
Print

$1,555

Fefe Talavera, Masai, Print

Fefe Talavera

Masai, 2021
40 x 40 cm
Print

$242

Nicholas Moegly, Charade / Variant, Print

Nicholas Moegly

Charade / Variant, 2020
91.5 x 61 cm
Print

$213

Kurar, Human Finger Jaune, Print

Kurar

Human Finger Jaune, 2020
60 x 60 cm
Print

$547

Stéfano Calligaro, Poetick (NO. 143), Print

Stéfano Calligaro

Poetick (NO. 143), 2021
20 x 20 cm
Print

$115

Our recommendations Kenny Scharf, Three Faces of Jackie, Print

Kenny Scharf

Three Faces of Jackie, 1998
100.3 x 116.8 cm
Print

$5,500

Our recommendations Joan Mitchell, Champs (Fields); from the Carnegie Hall Centennial Fine Art portfolio, Print

Joan Mitchell

Champs (Fields); from the Carnegie Hall Centennial Fine Art portfolio, 1990
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Print

$120,000

Paul Jenkins, Five Invocations II, Print

Paul Jenkins

Five Invocations II, 1997
54.6 x 74.9 cm
Print

$1,600

François Morellet, Sans-Titre, Print

François Morellet

Sans-Titre, 1998
32 x 32 cm
Print

$864

Our recommendations Dran, Géométrie, Print

Dran

Géométrie, 2019
65 x 50 cm
Print

$3,452

Our recommendations Valérie Betoulaud, Le Plongeon – bleu vert, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Le Plongeon – bleu vert, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$564

Our recommendations Okuda, Jumping to another dimension, Print

Okuda

Jumping to another dimension, 2019
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$979

Walasse Ting, Green Nude with Skirt and White Snake, Print

Walasse Ting

Green Nude with Skirt and White Snake, 1964
45.7 x 61 cm
Print

$1,500

Our recommendations Frank Horvat, Veronique P., Print

Frank Horvat

Veronique P., 1980
57.5 x 49.5 cm
Print

$3,000

Our recommendations Claes Oldenburg, Indian Head from Peace Portfolio, Print

Claes Oldenburg

Indian Head from Peace Portfolio, 1972
74.9 x 54.6 cm
Print

$2,500

Our recommendations Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, Un monde riant, Print

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

Un monde riant, 2017
89 x 60.5 cm
Print

$747

Simon Rohlen Kef!, Sharp #6, Print

Simon Rohlen Kef!

Sharp #6, 2019
48.3 x 35.6 cm
Print

$1,800

Rafal Olbinski, A ship, Print

Rafal Olbinski

A ship, 2015
23 x 17 cm
Print

$461

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