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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), Kiss Me Deadly, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Kiss Me Deadly, 2021
24 x 18.1 inch


Scott Kahn, March Moon, Print

Scott Kahn

March Moon, 2020
24 x 21.13 inch


Atsuko Ishii, There's Melody, Print

Atsuko Ishii

There's Melody, 2021
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch


Takashi Murakami, On An Endless Journey On A Time Machine, Print

Takashi Murakami

On An Endless Journey On A Time Machine, 2018
28.3 x 28.3 inch


Peter Klasen, 20E, Print

Peter Klasen

20E, 1999
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

La Fleur (The Flower), 1975
22.88 x 30.5 inch


Daru, Business Plan?, Print


Business Plan?, 2021
39.4 x 24 x 0 inch


Jef Aérosol, Amy Winehouse, Print

Jef Aérosol

Amy Winehouse, 2016
18.9 x 13 inch


Miss Tic, L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, Print

Miss Tic

L'homme est un loup pour l'homme, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 inch


L'Atlas, Days Dreaming, Print


Days Dreaming, 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana, 1971
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Aviron - bleu vert, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Aviron - bleu vert, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Grzegorz Lerka, Meet, Print

Grzegorz Lerka

Meet, 2019
15 x 20.1 inch


Onemizer, L'histoire du ballon, Print


L'histoire du ballon, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch


Jeff Gillette, Castle Ruins, Print

Jeff Gillette

Castle Ruins, 2021
24 x 34 inch

$1,615 $1,795

Pierre Alechinsky, Dotremont dans son village, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Dotremont dans son village, 1981
32.7 x 24.4 x 0.1 inch


Aloyzas Smilingis, Flood, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Flood, 1993
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Jean-Paul Agosti, Loire, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Loire, 2002
35.4 x 17.9 inch


Salvador Dali, Invisible Face (Hand Signed Lithograph), Print

Salvador Dali

Invisible Face (Hand Signed Lithograph), 2020
30 x 22 x 2 inch


Krzysztof Wieczorek, Tenth postcard from a journey, Print

Krzysztof Wieczorek

Tenth postcard from a journey, 2010
4.7 x 5.1 inch


René Magritte, Le Fils de l'Homme, Print

René Magritte

Le Fils de l'Homme, 2010
23.6 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, En traversant le pont, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

En traversant le pont, 2014
22 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch


André Saraiva, Mr. A Street Sign Skate Deck, Print

André Saraiva

Mr. A Street Sign Skate Deck, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Marianna Stuhr, Circular groups 2, Print

Marianna Stuhr

Circular groups 2, 2020
11.8 x 17.3 inch


Czeslaw Tumielewicz, A furniture with drawer, Print

Czeslaw Tumielewicz

A furniture with drawer, 2004
8.1 x 5.9 inch


JonOne, Kid's World, Print


Kid's World, 2021
23.6 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk, My labyrinths, Print

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk

My labyrinths, 2009
6.5 x 9.6 inch


JR, Women Are Heroes Calais Elizabeth Kamanga On Sea, Le Havre, France, 2017, Print


Women Are Heroes Calais Elizabeth Kamanga On Sea, Le Havre, France, 2017, 2017
15.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Shiko Munakata, Femme 6, Print

Shiko Munakata

Femme 6, 2007
10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch


Diederik Van Apple, Porsche express, Print

Diederik Van Apple

Porsche express, 2020
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch


Ola Dobrzynska, Girl power, Print

Ola Dobrzynska

Girl power, 2016
9.4 x 6.7 inch


Karol Kállay, Last stop, Print

Karol Kállay

Last stop, 1965
11.8 x 11.8 inch

$1,149 $1,436

Jean Miotte, Rêve, c., Print

Jean Miotte

Rêve, c., 1990
17.7 x 22.8 x 0.1 inch


Pierre Riollet, Seaview, Print

Pierre Riollet

Seaview, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Luciano Cian, Tête #1, Print

Luciano Cian

Tête #1, 2021
41.7 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


Claude Viallat, Sans titre, Print

Claude Viallat

Sans titre, 2004
47.6 x 45.3 x 0.1 inch


Albena Vatcheva, Mon ange, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Mon ange, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch


Keymi, Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, Print


Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Gottfried Salzmann, New York 3D, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

New York 3D, 2016
24 x 15 inch


Muriel Deumie, Dans  L'oeil du futur, Print

Muriel Deumie

Dans L'oeil du futur, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch


Dran, Sunset, Print


Sunset, 2015
14.8 x 10.8 inch


Stoul, Oru Buffle, Print


Oru Buffle, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch

$592 $658

Sandra Chevrier, La cage dans un combat électrique, Print

Sandra Chevrier

La cage dans un combat électrique, 2021
37 x 28 inch


Tattoo Art M, Aretha Franklin, Print

Tattoo Art M

Aretha Franklin, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Page 8, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Page 8, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch


Robert Indiana, Votes for Woman, Print

Robert Indiana

Votes for Woman, 1977
23.2 x 15.4 inch


Carlos Cruz-Diez, S/T  (Induction Chromatique), Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

S/T (Induction Chromatique), 1981
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Felipe Pantone, Integration System #1, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System #1, 2020
25.2 x 25.2 inch


Enki Bilal, Les fantômes du Louvre Paris Le fantôme inconnu, Print

Enki Bilal

Les fantômes du Louvre Paris Le fantôme inconnu, 2012
14.6 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch


Karel Appel, Regard vers l'infini, Print

Karel Appel

Regard vers l'infini, 1963
22 x 29.9 x 0.1 inch


Greg Léon Guillemin, The Secret Life of Heroes – Catwoman, Print

Greg Léon Guillemin

The Secret Life of Heroes – Catwoman, 2021
31.9 x 8.1 x 0.8 inch


Roamcouch, Four Seasons (Gold), Print


Four Seasons (Gold), 2021
15 x 35.8 inch


Hans Hartung, G7, Print

Hans Hartung

G7, 1953
26 x 19.9 inch


Robert Crumb, Weirdo-Number 4, Print

Robert Crumb

Weirdo-Number 4, 2011
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Goddog, Or, Noir, Print


Or, Noir, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Hildegarde Handsaeme, Dance with me, Print

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Dance with me, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 inch


Ben Frost, Happy helmet, Print

Ben Frost

Happy helmet, 2021
3 x 3 inch


Lady K, Green and purple, Print

Lady K

Green and purple, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch

$1,163 $1,292

Angelo Pioppo, Metamorphosis, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Metamorphosis, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Sonia Delaunay, Sans Titre, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Sans Titre, 1962
28 x 19.7 inch


Tracey Emin, You can’t fuck a shoe, Print

Tracey Emin

You can’t fuck a shoe, 2010
11.6 x 16.3 inch


Soklak Elgato, Encrypted alien data, Print

Soklak Elgato

Encrypted alien data, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Angu Walters, Bravo, Print

Angu Walters

Bravo, 2005
30.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Petr Strnad, Concept #48, Print

Petr Strnad

Concept #48, 2021
19.7 x 13.1 x 0 inch


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