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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), Chinese Soldiers, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Chinese Soldiers, 2006
24 x 18.1 inch




RESIST, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


André Saraiva, Ménage à Trois ou Quatre 4, Print

André Saraiva

Ménage à Trois ou Quatre 4, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Valerio Adami, Lire, Print

Valerio Adami

Lire, 2009
9.1 x 5.5 inch


Takashi Murakami, Homage to IKB 1957 E Yellow, Print

Takashi Murakami

Homage to IKB 1957 E Yellow, 2020
27.2 x 20.9 inch


Corneille, Le seigneur de la savane, Print


Le seigneur de la savane, 1997
18.9 x 14.2 inch


Bruno Mallart, Trophae Arbribus, Print

Bruno Mallart

Trophae Arbribus, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Nicolas Barrome Forgues, Romantic Park, Print

Nicolas Barrome Forgues

Romantic Park, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Salvador Dali, Fruits Strawberries, Print

Salvador Dali

Fruits Strawberries, 1970
22 x 15 inch


Bisco Smith, As Above So Below, Print

Bisco Smith

As Above So Below, 2019
29.9 x 22.4 inch


Stoul, Oru Tutu, Print


Oru Tutu, 2021
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Mr. Brainwash, Ali American Hero, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Ali American Hero, 2019
55 x 43 inch


Taki 183, I Heart NY: Red Edition, Print

Taki 183

I Heart NY: Red Edition, 2021
20.1 x 20.1 inch


Nicola Simbari, On the Beach, Print

Nicola Simbari

On the Beach, 1977
28.3 x 39.1 x 0 inch


La Robotte, Oeuvre à porter n°01 - Janvier - L'attente, Print

La Robotte

Oeuvre à porter n°01 - Janvier - L'attente, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


Marino Marini, The Horse, Print

Marino Marini

The Horse, 1950
11.2 x 9.4 x 0 inch


Léon Spilliaert, Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, Print

Léon Spilliaert

Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, 2021
23.2 x 28.3 inch


Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 11/4/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 11/4/2021, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Bruno Boffa, Barbie Gold, Print

Bruno Boffa

Barbie Gold, 2020
31.1 x 25.6 x 1.6 inch


Piero Dorazio, Striped Composition, Print

Piero Dorazio

Striped Composition, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Pierre Alechinsky, Galactic Flying Objects, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Galactic Flying Objects, 1978
25.5 x 18.5 inch


tizlu, Fade Away, Print


Fade Away, 2021
20.9 x 14.6 inch

$943 $1,178

C215, Felix (Blue), Print


Felix (Blue), 2019
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Neno Ramos, Bal masqué 2020, Print

Neno Ramos

Bal masqué 2020, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Luigi Veronesi, Composition, Print

Luigi Veronesi

Composition, 1975
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Shu Takahashi, White Germ, Print

Shu Takahashi

White Germ, 1973
39.4 x 27.2 x 0 inch


Marianne Ratier, Lapin, Print

Marianne Ratier

Lapin, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Giovanni Omiccioli, The Mediterranean Garden, Print

Giovanni Omiccioli

The Mediterranean Garden, 1973
26.4 x 39.6 x 0 inch


Hans Richter, Artistic Composition, Print

Hans Richter

Artistic Composition, 1973
19.5 x 13.6 x 0 inch


Alberto Magnelli, Abstract Brown Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Abstract Brown Composition, 1970
24.4 x 18.7 x 0 inch


Paul Insect, Pollen Dream Artist Proof Edition 10, Print

Paul Insect

Pollen Dream Artist Proof Edition 10, 2017
28 x 19.7 inch


Michael Kagan, In Memory, Print

Michael Kagan

In Memory, 2020
14 x 14 inch


Emily Berger, Rubato #10, Print

Emily Berger

Rubato #10, 2019
25.7 x 19.8 inch


Nick Walker, Vandalism Light Blue Transparent D, Print

Nick Walker

Vandalism Light Blue Transparent D, 2020
28 x 24.8 inch


Giuseppe Megna, The Junkyard, Print

Giuseppe Megna

The Junkyard, 1980
6.7 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Graham Sutherland, Untitled, Print

Graham Sutherland

Untitled, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Shulin Chen, A Pesanteur, Print

Shulin Chen

A Pesanteur, 2020
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Giuseppe Chiari, Fluxus Piano, Print

Giuseppe Chiari

Fluxus Piano, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Nunzio Di Stefano, Heron, Print

Nunzio Di Stefano

Heron, 1985
11 x 8.1 x 0 inch


Gaetano Pompa, The Magician, Print

Gaetano Pompa

The Magician, 1970
28.3 x 21.7 x 0 inch


Sandra Chevrier, La Cage et le Pouvoir des Dieux, Print

Sandra Chevrier

La Cage et le Pouvoir des Dieux, 2017
30.7 x 24 inch


Eleni Zerva, Cosmo Verde, l'Aranciato, Print

Eleni Zerva

Cosmo Verde, l'Aranciato, 1971
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.1 inch


Mauro Reggiani, Untitled, Print

Mauro Reggiani

Untitled, 1975
24 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Jose Ciuha, Composition, Print

Jose Ciuha

Composition, 1970
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch


Dennis Nona, Kuik, Print

Dennis Nona

Kuik, 2008
15.7 x 23.6 inch


Victor Vasarely, Laika, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laika, 1970
21.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Yaacov Agam, Visual Welcome I, Print

Yaacov Agam

Visual Welcome I, 1980
14 x 14 inch


César Andrade, Linigrama 205, Print

César Andrade

Linigrama 205, 1986
20.5 x 16.5 inch


Albena Vatcheva, Que de souvenirs dans cette tasse de café, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Que de souvenirs dans cette tasse de café, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch

$56 $62

Jim Bird, Tribute to Vasarely 1, Print

Jim Bird

Tribute to Vasarely 1, 1972
24 x 24 inch


Marc Chagall, Cantique de David, Print

Marc Chagall

Cantique de David, 1960
28 x 25 inch


Jean Cocteau, Double Face, Print

Jean Cocteau

Double Face, 1960
22 x 30 inch


Antonio Segui, Juanito 3, Print

Antonio Segui

Juanito 3, 1996
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Shaka, Etude L. Freud, Print


Etude L. Freud, 2011
9.4 x 14 x 0.4 inch


John Matos Crash, X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), Print

John Matos Crash

X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), 2000
24 x 18 inch


Max Ernst, Lewis Carroll - Die jagd nach dem snark, Print

Max Ernst

Lewis Carroll - Die jagd nach dem snark, 1968
13 x 9.8 x 0 inch


Max Steven Grossman, Rock RG, Print

Max Steven Grossman

Rock RG, 2021
37 x 75 x 2 inch

10,000 - $ 15,000

Bernard Buffet, Un Clown, Print

Bernard Buffet

Un Clown, 1968
28.5 x 20 inch


Louis Toffoli, Le pont, Print

Louis Toffoli

Le pont, 1907
29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch


Bram van Velde, Sans Titre, Print

Bram van Velde

Sans Titre, 1975
26 x 21.7 inch


Enki Bilal, Christophe, Print

Enki Bilal

Christophe, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Tattoo Art M, SL Sophia Loren MMXIII, Print

Tattoo Art M

SL Sophia Loren MMXIII, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch


David Hockney, Lathe and Fire, Print

David Hockney

Lathe and Fire, 1969
6.3 x 6.7 inch


Sol LeWitt, A form driven from a rectangular solid (juventudes musicales portfolio), Print

Sol LeWitt

A form driven from a rectangular solid (juventudes musicales portfolio), 1992
29.5 x 21.7 x 0.1 inch


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