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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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Takashi Murakami, Happy x A Trillion Times: Flower, Print

Takashi Murakami

Happy x A Trillion Times: Flower, 2013
28 x 28 inch


M.Chat, Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL n°179, Print


Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL n°179, 2019
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch

Sold out

Pierre Alechinsky, Si près, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Si près, 2007
7.7 x 5.3 inch


Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.1 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch


Philippe Geluck, Les 20 statues, Print

Philippe Geluck

Les 20 statues, 2021
27.6 x 22 inch


Sandra Chevrier, La cage et le Coeur de la Bête, Print

Sandra Chevrier

La cage et le Coeur de la Bête, 2019
35.4 x 27.2 x 0.4 inch


RNST, Comme dit papy à chacun ses bombes, Print


Comme dit papy à chacun ses bombes, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 2 inch


Gottfried Salzmann, New-York rose, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

New-York rose, 2010
32.3 x 24.8 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Shaka, Trame, Print


Trame, 2020
27.2 x 19.3 inch


Mr. Brainwash, The Masters, Print

Mr. Brainwash

The Masters, 2019
54 x 79 inch


Alexandre Monteiro (Hopare), Marianne, Print

Alexandre Monteiro (Hopare)

Marianne, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 inch


Yaniv Edery, Rolex Bart, Print

Yaniv Edery

Rolex Bart, 2021
31.9 x 24 x 1.4 inch


JR, The Wrinkles of the city, La Havana, Antonio Cruz Gordillo, Print


The Wrinkles of the city, La Havana, Antonio Cruz Gordillo, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


JonOne, Storm, Print


Storm, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

Sold out

C215, Nirvana, Print


Nirvana, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Javier Calleja, Festival De Malaga (It Was Ok), Print

Javier Calleja

Festival De Malaga (It Was Ok), 2020
5.7 x 8.3 inch


Kosta Kulundzic, Coffret de luxe - The fall of Waimea, Print

Kosta Kulundzic

Coffret de luxe - The fall of Waimea, 2020
9.8 x 9.8 x 2 inch


Arman, Accumulation de tubes de peinture, Print


Accumulation de tubes de peinture, 1975
28.7 x 16.3 x 3.9 inch


Zoran Mishe, Stones from Different Mountains 5, Print

Zoran Mishe

Stones from Different Mountains 5, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 inch


Christiane Vleugels, Hope 40/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Hope 40/100, 2020
47.2 x 35.4 inch

10,000 - $ 15,000

Nick Walker, The Art Thief, Print

Nick Walker

The Art Thief, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Sol del Rio, Play 01, Print

Sol del Rio

Play 01, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Monika Nowak, FRIDA KABOOM, Print

Monika Nowak

59.1 x 39.4 x 1.4 inch


Kamen Startchev, Without Sound I, Print

Kamen Startchev

Without Sound I, 2019
13 x 27.6 inch


Boom Art, Flowers Triptych Skateboards, Print

Boom Art

Flowers Triptych Skateboards, 2018
32.3 x 26 x 0.4 inch


Blandine Galtier, P C2a, Print

Blandine Galtier

P C2a, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Okuda, Jumping to another dimension, Print


Jumping to another dimension, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Felipe Pantone, Integration System P#01, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System P#01, 2020
25.2 x 25.2 x 0 inch


Angu Walters, Couple II, Print

Angu Walters

Couple II, 2010
13.4 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Cope2, S/T, Print


S/T, 2015
20.1 x 15 inch


Martin Whatson, Framed, Print

Martin Whatson

Framed, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Roger Mühl, Le Pin, Print

Roger Mühl

Le Pin, 1980
16.1 x 15 inch


Maria Luisa Azzini, Futuristic Munich, Print

Maria Luisa Azzini

Futuristic Munich, 2021
5.7 x 7.8 x 0.1 inch


Robert Indiana, Tikvah, Print

Robert Indiana

Tikvah, 2011
32 x 30 inch


Pure Evil, Prince – Diamonds and Pearls, Print

Pure Evil

Prince – Diamonds and Pearls, 2020
33.5 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction Chromatique, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction Chromatique, 1973
13.4 x 13.4 x 0.1 inch


Julien Durix, Man who paints faster than his shadow, Print

Julien Durix

Man who paints faster than his shadow, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Zao Wou-Ki, Sans Titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans Titre, 1967
22 x 29.5 inch


Kaï Aspire, The Thinker, Print

Kaï Aspire

The Thinker, 2021
27.5 x 27.5 inch


César Baldaccini, Le patineur, Print

César Baldaccini

Le patineur, 1992
28.5 x 22.2 x 0 inch


Pez, 20 Years Smiling with friends, Print


20 Years Smiling with friends, 2019
27.2 x 19.3 inch


Lionel le Jeune, Cheval, Print

Lionel le Jeune

Cheval, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Ben Frost, Gotta Take 'Em All, Print

Ben Frost

Gotta Take 'Em All, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Ron English, Ron English X Dgk skateboards series, Print

Ron English

Ron English X Dgk skateboards series, 2019
8 x 70.9 x 1.2 inch


Imbue, Drug Lord (skate deck), Print


Drug Lord (skate deck), 2016
31.1 x 8.3 inch


Alexandre Granger, Bad King, Print

Alexandre Granger

Bad King, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Agent X, Queen (White/4), Print

Agent X

Queen (White/4), 2020
29.9 x 39.8 inch


Our recommendations Jean-Claude Quilici, Traverse Fleurie à Mykonos, Print

Jean-Claude Quilici

Traverse Fleurie à Mykonos, 1941
28.7 x 37 x 0.1 inch


Ryca, Acid Earring, Print


Acid Earring, 2020
11.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Tyler Shields, Swan, Print

Tyler Shields

Swan, 2021
30 x 40 x 2 inch

15,000 - $ 25,000

Salvador Dali, Chevaux dalinéens - Cheval de labeur, Print

Salvador Dali

Chevaux dalinéens - Cheval de labeur, 1972
26.8 x 19.7 inch


Jef Aérosol, This world is (y)our world, Print

Jef Aérosol

This world is (y)our world, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Our recommendations Lilia Mazurkevich, Dickens, Print

Lilia Mazurkevich

Dickens, 2019
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Ben Eine, Rise Up, Print

Ben Eine

Rise Up, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


The Connor Brothers, Vice Versa / Too Busy, Print

The Connor Brothers

Vice Versa / Too Busy, 2019
51 x 31 inch


Soklak Elgato, Encrypted alien data, Print

Soklak Elgato

Encrypted alien data, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Conrad Marca-Relli, Composition VI, Print

Conrad Marca-Relli

Composition VI, 1977
22 x 30 inch


Stefan Thelen / Super A, The Syndicate, Print

Stefan Thelen / Super A

The Syndicate, 2019
31.625 x 8.25 inch


TRUST. iCON, Simple math, Print


Simple math, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Pol Bury, Untitled, Print

Pol Bury

Untitled, 1974
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Anthea Missy, Le Bal masqué en rouge et noir, Print

Anthea Missy

Le Bal masqué en rouge et noir, 2021
23.4 x 16.5 inch


Kenny Random, The collector (Basquiat), Print

Kenny Random

The collector (Basquiat), 2019
16.5 x 27.6 inch


Zeal Harris, I said samich part 2, Print

Zeal Harris

I said samich part 2, 2019
18 x 22 inch


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