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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), SF Fire escape, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

SF Fire escape, 2011
24 x 18.1 inch


M.Chat, Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL n°156, Print


Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL n°156, 2019
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch


JR, Unframed, Charlie Chaplin revu par JR, The Kid, Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, USA, 1923, de jour Paris, 2021, Print


Unframed, Charlie Chaplin revu par JR, The Kid, Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, USA, 1923, de jour Paris, 2021, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, Milagros, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Milagros, 2001
29.9 x 22 inch

$747 $830

André Saraiva, Dream gallery (cattelan, Cindy Sherman, galerie perrotin) black, Print

André Saraiva

Dream gallery (cattelan, Cindy Sherman, galerie perrotin) black, 2013
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Cope2, Iconic Bubble Running, Print


Iconic Bubble Running, 2019
7.9 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince, Print

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Le Petit Prince, 2012
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Mr. Brainwash, Stay Safe (Green), Print

Mr. Brainwash

Stay Safe (Green), 2020
22 x 22 inch


Brusk (DMV), Dance of Fire (Yellow), Print

Brusk (DMV)

Dance of Fire (Yellow), 2021
42.1 x 30.7 inch


Georges Braque, Fleurs, Print

Georges Braque

Fleurs, 1960
18.5 x 14.2 inch

$3,201 $3,557

Pierre Alechinsky, Reverie du Matelot, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Reverie du Matelot, 2015
12.2 x 9.1 x 0.4 inch


C215, Ca Balance Pas Mal (Large Handfinished), Print


Ca Balance Pas Mal (Large Handfinished), 2021
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Diederik Van Apple, F*ck off monkey, Print

Diederik Van Apple

F*ck off monkey, 2020
39.4 x 43.3 inch


Rafal Olbinski, Tales of love (cruise), Print

Rafal Olbinski

Tales of love (cruise), 2021
9.4 x 7.1 inch


JonOne, Where There Is the Darkness There Is Light, Print


Where There Is the Darkness There Is Light, 2020
29.5 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


Hugo Pondz, En route pour la joie, Print

Hugo Pondz

En route pour la joie, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch


Studio Abawé, 19, Print

Studio Abawé

19, 2019
11.4 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Pablo Picasso, La Chouette, Print

Pablo Picasso

La Chouette, 1954
14 x 11 x 0 inch


Ben Frost, Happy Helmet, Print

Ben Frost

Happy Helmet, 2021
7.1 x 7.1 inch


Victor Vasarely, Progression, Print

Victor Vasarely

Progression, 1970
22.4 x 23.2 inch


CharlElie Couture, Bad Boy édition, Print

CharlElie Couture

Bad Boy édition, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Peter Klasen, Visage, Print

Peter Klasen

Visage, 2008
28.3 x 21.7 inch


Jack Vettriano, Model in Westwood, Print

Jack Vettriano

Model in Westwood, 2020
24.4 x 20.5 x 0.4 inch


Nick Walker, Vandal Child, Print

Nick Walker

Vandal Child, 2018
39.4 x 27.2 x 0.2 inch


Invader, Prisoners, Print


Prisoners, 2007
17 x 25 x 0 inch


Jeff Gillette, Mickey Covid Johnson & Johnson, Print

Jeff Gillette

Mickey Covid Johnson & Johnson, 2021
1 x 2.4 inch


Richard Orlinski, Wilder Edition EA, Print

Richard Orlinski

Wilder Edition EA, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Marabout, I want to break free, Print


I want to break free, 2021
24.8 x 35.4 x 0 inch


Sumit Mehndiratta, Visual Healing 16, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Visual Healing 16, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch


Tahuanty Jacanamijoy, Banana Dorado, Print

Tahuanty Jacanamijoy

Banana Dorado, 2018
13.8 x 7.9 x 0.1 inch


Erró, Wonder Woman, Print


Wonder Woman, 2019
29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch


Claude Viallat, Sans titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans titre, 1997
25.3 x 19.4 inch


Joan Miró, Joan Miro, Print

Joan Miró

Joan Miro, 1974
8.3 x 15.4 inch


Martin Whatson, Butterfly, Print

Martin Whatson

Butterfly, 2017
21.7 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch


Hush, Le Buste II Gold, Print


Le Buste II Gold, 2020
21.3 x 21.3 inch


Leo Matiz, Frida en Coyoacán, México, (Framed), Print

Leo Matiz

Frida en Coyoacán, México, (Framed), 1943
23.5 x 15.55 x 0.1 inch


Antoni Tapies, Untitled from Artist Against Torture, Print

Antoni Tapies

Untitled from Artist Against Torture, 1993
31.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch


David Diao, Lissitzky-Curves Herman-Miller, Print

David Diao

Lissitzky-Curves Herman-Miller, 2021
22 x 29.9 inch


François Rouan, La figure du rond I, Print

François Rouan

La figure du rond I, 1992
8.1 x 5.5 inch


Albena Vatcheva, La chambre, Print

Albena Vatcheva

La chambre, 2021
10.2 x 8.3 x 0 inch

$64 $70

Amy Nelder, Dessert First, Print

Amy Nelder

Dessert First, 2017
40 x 30 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Route au pied de la Sierra, Ipad Artwork, Print

Lionel le Jeune

Route au pied de la Sierra, Ipad Artwork, 2021
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch


Fat, Scrooge Print, Print


Scrooge Print, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


La Robotte, Proxima 2390, Print

La Robotte

Proxima 2390, 2021
16.5 x 16.5 x 0.1 inch


Tattoo Art M, Marilyn MonroreMMXVI XI, Print

Tattoo Art M

Marilyn MonroreMMXVI XI, 2016
37.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Reinhoud d'Haese, Miroir, Print

Reinhoud d'Haese

Miroir, 1986
8.7 x 5.5 inch


Afro Basaldella, Untitled, Print

Afro Basaldella

Untitled, 1974
19.5 x 22.4 x 0 inch


Fernand Léger, Composition in Black and Yellow, Print

Fernand Léger

Composition in Black and Yellow, 1954
15.2 x 21.9 x 0 inch


Man Ray, Decanter, Print

Man Ray

Decanter, 1973
37 x 37 x 0 inch


André Masson, Sonnets de Louise Labé, Print

André Masson

Sonnets de Louise Labé, 1972
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Marianne Ratier, Madame Biche, Print

Marianne Ratier

Madame Biche, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Kumi Sugaï, Abstract Composition, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Abstract Composition, 1971
24.8 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Gautier Caille, Caviar Dior, Print

Gautier Caille

Caviar Dior, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Artiste Ouvrier, Eglise Saint-Pierre de Caen - Automne, Print

Artiste Ouvrier

Eglise Saint-Pierre de Caen - Automne, 2020
29.9 x 19.7 x 0.5 inch


Damien Hirst, Justice, Print

Damien Hirst

Justice, 2021
47.25 x 38 x 1 inch


Zoé Lab, Petite Reine, Print

Zoé Lab

Petite Reine, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Dan McCarthy, Long Days, Print

Dan McCarthy

Long Days, 2010
9.4 x 24 x 0.1 inch


Lady K, Love, Print

Lady K

Love, 2020
11.8 x 15.7 inch


JP Malot, Stormtrooper Yo!, Print

JP Malot

Stormtrooper Yo!, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

$294 $368

Sol LeWitt, Colors with Lines in Four Directions, Print

Sol LeWitt

Colors with Lines in Four Directions, 1990
45.7 x 45.7 x 0 inch


Sonia Delaunay, Gravure II, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Gravure II, 1969
29.9 x 22.2 inch


Sam Francis, L'Etoile (after Sam Francis), Print

Sam Francis

L'Etoile (after Sam Francis), 1955
49.8 x 30.9 x 0 inch


Mark Tobey, Pink Composition, Print

Mark Tobey

Pink Composition, 1972
10.2 x 15.9 x 0 inch


Bram van Velde, Nuit, Print

Bram van Velde

Nuit, 1968
26 x 18.9 inch


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