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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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Shepard Fairey (Obey), Lotus Diamond Gold, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Lotus Diamond Gold, 2011
61 x 46 cm


Atsuko Ishii, There's Melody, Print

Atsuko Ishii

There's Melody, 2021
30 x 24 x 0.5 cm


Salvador Dali, Don Quichotte - L'âge d'or, Print

Salvador Dali

Don Quichotte - L'âge d'or, 1957
41 x 66 x 0.2 cm


L'Atlas, Days Dreaming, Print


Days Dreaming, 2021
76 x 56 x 0.1 cm


Grzegorz Lerka, Meet, Print

Grzegorz Lerka

Meet, 2019
38 x 51 cm


Pierre Alechinsky, Labyrinthe d'apparat IV, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Labyrinthe d'apparat IV, 1972
75 x 54 cm


Hervé Di Rosa, En traversant le pont, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

En traversant le pont, 2014
56 x 75 x 0.2 cm


Marc Sinic, Autoportrait au pack - série monde imaginaire, Print

Marc Sinic

Autoportrait au pack - série monde imaginaire, 2021
50 x 70 x 1.5 cm


Marianna Stuhr, Circular groups 2, Print

Marianna Stuhr

Circular groups 2, 2020
30 x 44 cm


Czeslaw Tumielewicz, A furniture with drawer, Print

Czeslaw Tumielewicz

A furniture with drawer, 2004
20.5 x 15 cm


Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk, My labyrinths, Print

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk

My labyrinths, 2009
16.5 x 24.5 cm


Claude Viallat, L'huma, Print

Claude Viallat

L'huma, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Gottfried Salzmann, New York 3D, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

New York 3D, 2016
61 x 38 cm


Felipe Pantone, Integration System #1, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System #1, 2020
64 x 64 cm


Sonia Delaunay, Sans Titre, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Sans Titre, 1962
71 x 50 cm


Éric Lacan, Autoportrait, Print

Éric Lacan

Autoportrait, 2021
76.5 x 56 x 0.2 cm


Bault, Fétiches, Print


Fétiches, 2019
55 x 75 cm


André Cervera, Cycliste, Print

André Cervera

Cycliste, 2015
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Monkeybird, Anagogie, Print


Anagogie, 2021
52 x 52 x 0.2 cm


Petr Strnad, Concept #44, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #44, 2021
50 x 33.3 x 0.1 cm


Aya Takano, A night walk - A pink moon emerged, Print

Aya Takano

A night walk - A pink moon emerged, 2005
58.5 x 49.3 cm


Topolino, Covid à Sète, une spaghettade sétoise, Print


Covid à Sète, une spaghettade sétoise, 2020
50 x 38.5 x 0.2 cm


Madame, Derrière chaque citadelle se niche un jardin, Print


Derrière chaque citadelle se niche un jardin, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Momies, Sans titre, Print


Sans titre, 2020
21 x 29.5 x 0.1 cm


Giuseppe Santomaso, Canti Pisani, Print

Giuseppe Santomaso

Canti Pisani, 1989
45 x 36 cm


L'Outsider, Cheers, Print


Cheers, 2020
50 x 70 x 0.2 cm


Roice 183, Sans titre, Print

Roice 183

Sans titre, 2013
70 x 50 x 0.2 cm


Yulia Nefedova, Vibe, Print

Yulia Nefedova

Vibe, 2020
42 x 29.7 cm


André Juillard, Blake & Mortimer, Print

André Juillard

Blake & Mortimer, 2003
70 x 50 cm


Ben Vautier, No more art, Print

Ben Vautier

No more art, 1990
50 x 69.5 x 0.2 cm


Miss Tic, Art du desir ardu desir, Print

Miss Tic

Art du desir ardu desir, 2021
40 x 50 x 0.5 cm


Jef Aérosol, Shell, Print

Jef Aérosol

Shell, 2020
50 x 50 x 1 cm


Robert Combas, Le gitariste, Print

Robert Combas

Le gitariste, 1988
24 x 16 x 1 cm


Nora Ampova, Trump Ostrich, Print

Nora Ampova

Trump Ostrich, 2018
70 x 50 cm


Valerio Adami, Fantasia per violino, Print

Valerio Adami

Fantasia per violino, 1993
111 x 73 cm


Jacques Villeglé, Belleville, Print

Jacques Villeglé

Belleville, 2020
53 x 40 cm


Corneille, La Chute de l'Ange aux Tropiques, Print


La Chute de l'Ange aux Tropiques, 1972
73.7 x 94 cm


Philippe Achermann, Back in the USSR, Print

Philippe Achermann

Back in the USSR, 2021
24 x 18 x 0.5 cm


Erró, Amazon, Print


Amazon, 2001
77.5 x 57.2 cm


Jérôme Mesnager, La ronde des coeurs, Print

Jérôme Mesnager

La ronde des coeurs, 2016
100 x 70 cm


Our recommendations Joanne Freeman, Covers 3 Ultramarine, Print

Joanne Freeman

Covers 3 Ultramarine, 2017
71 x 66 cm


César Baldaccini, Portrait de compression de drapeaux Français, Print

César Baldaccini

Portrait de compression de drapeaux Français, 1989
76 x 59 cm


Death NYC, 3 Soup Blue, Print

Death NYC

3 Soup Blue, 2015
32 x 45 x 0.1 cm


Jo Di Bona, Truth, Print

Jo Di Bona

Truth, 2017
30 x 30 cm


Cleon Peterson, Burning the dead red, Print

Cleon Peterson

Burning the dead red, 2016
43 x 110 cm


Wifredo Lam, Orsa Maggiore, Print

Wifredo Lam

Orsa Maggiore, 1975
80 x 64.8 cm


Yaacov Agam, Two Stars (Small) - Red/Yellow, Print

Yaacov Agam

Two Stars (Small) - Red/Yellow, 1991
10.9 x 11.4 cm


Louis Toffoli, Jérusalem, Print

Louis Toffoli

Jérusalem, 1996
63 x 90 cm


Alfons Borrell, Espais 3, Print

Alfons Borrell

Espais 3, 1990
56 x 76 cm


Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Automobile, Print

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wrapped Automobile, 2015
43.2 x 53.3 cm


Menashe Kadishman, Homage to Millet, Print

Menashe Kadishman

Homage to Millet, 2000
88.9 x 64.8 cm


Bernar Venet, 1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, Print

Bernar Venet

1 from Combinaison Aleatoire de Lignes Indeterminees, 1996
50.8 x 49.5 cm


Liu Bolin, Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, Print

Liu Bolin

Supermarket #3 - Dangerous Landscapes, 2017
15 x 17 cm


Antoni Tapies, Ligne d'horizon, Print

Antoni Tapies

Ligne d'horizon, 1973
29.5 x 46 cm


Kumi Sugaï, 95, Print

Kumi Sugaï

95, 1995
78 x 57 x 1 cm


Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print


Estampe rehaussée, 2017
70 x 70 cm


Roberto Matta, L’eau est Mana, Print

Roberto Matta

L’eau est Mana, 1974
66 x 101.6 cm


Sébastien Mérieau, Retraite, Print

Sébastien Mérieau

Retraite, 2019
33 x 25 cm


Didier Lourenço, Vamos, Print

Didier Lourenço

Vamos, 2016
36 x 75 cm


Camille Hilaire, L'Epte, Print

Camille Hilaire

L'Epte, 1994
74 x 74 cm


Our recommendations Andy Warhol, Black Bean from Campbell’s Soup I (FS.II.44), Print

Andy Warhol

Black Bean from Campbell’s Soup I (FS.II.44), 1968
88.9 x 58.4 cm

50,000 - $ 100,000

Barthélémy Toguo, Bénoué V, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Bénoué V, 2020
57 x 54.5 cm


Nicolas Barrome Forgues, Paper crisis, Print

Nicolas Barrome Forgues

Paper crisis, 2020
20 x 20 cm


Costa, Abbey road, Print


Abbey road, 2016
58 x 90 cm


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