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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), Unyielding, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Unyielding, 2020
36 x 36 inch


Takashi Murakami, The Nether World, Print

Takashi Murakami

The Nether World, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Salvador Dali, The Music from the series The Arts, Print

Salvador Dali

The Music from the series The Arts, 1980
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

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Robert Combas, Le rhino, Print

Robert Combas

Le rhino, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


M.Chat, Coffret de Luxe PariSeoul n°53, Print


Coffret de Luxe PariSeoul n°53, 2019
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch


Joan Miró, Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), Print

Joan Miró

Constellation III (Por Alberti, por l'Espana), 1975
35.4 x 26 x 0.1 inch


JR, Giants, Miguel, Casa Amarela, Morro da Providência, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2018,, Print


Giants, Miguel, Casa Amarela, Morro da Providência, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2018,, 2019
18.1 x 14.2 inch


Philippe Geluck, J'adore être peint, Print

Philippe Geluck

J'adore être peint, 2021
19.7 x 15.7 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, Robot à la plage, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Robot à la plage, 1998
10.4 x 15 inch


Jacques Villeglé, Europeanisation - violet et jaune, Print

Jacques Villeglé

Europeanisation - violet et jaune, 2018
22 x 28 inch


Cope2, Mta Throwie, Print


Mta Throwie, 2020
7.9 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


André Saraiva, Mr. A & Miss A - OX, Print

André Saraiva

Mr. A & Miss A - OX, 2020
8 x 8 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Le Plongeon - bleu rouge, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Le Plongeon - bleu rouge, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Shelby, Steve McQueen, Print


Steve McQueen, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Pola 4.0, Andy Warhol et Basquiat  #1900056 n°15/50, Print

Pola 4.0

Andy Warhol et Basquiat #1900056 n°15/50, 2019
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch


Bisco Smith, Grateful, Print

Bisco Smith

Grateful, 2019
24 x 18.1 inch


Yaniv Edery, Rolex Bart, Print

Yaniv Edery

Rolex Bart, 2021
31.9 x 24 x 1.4 inch


Nathalie Grall, Frondaison, Print

Nathalie Grall

Frondaison, 2020
13.2 x 11.3 inch


Chiho Aoshima, City Glow, Print

Chiho Aoshima

City Glow, 2005
26.8 x 26.8 inch


Mr Cenz, IN MY SYSTEM, Print

Mr Cenz

15.7 x 23.6 inch


Blek Le Rat, Computer Man, Print

Blek Le Rat

Computer Man, 2008
29.1 x 28.3 x 0.4 inch


Fat, Keith Haring Print, Print


Keith Haring Print, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 4/3/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 4/3/2021, 2021
29.5 x 19.7 inch


Marcel Ceuppens, La Colombe, Print

Marcel Ceuppens

La Colombe, 2020
13 x 18.9 inch


Arman, Jaw, Print


Jaw, 1977
22 x 16.9 inch


Kurar, Lifestyle, Print


Lifestyle, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Emilio Greco, Commiato no. 15 - Farewell no. 15, Print

Emilio Greco

Commiato no. 15 - Farewell no. 15, 1973
30.7 x 26 x 0.1 inch


Hans Richter, Untitled, Print

Hans Richter

Untitled, 1970
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Jaume Plensa, Untitled 1, Print

Jaume Plensa

Untitled 1, 2021
41.3 x 29.5 inch


John Piper, Saints, Print

John Piper

Saints, 1975
28.5 x 20.7 x 0 inch


Christiane Vleugels, Faith 60/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Faith 60/100, 2020
55.1 x 38.6 inch


Blandine Galtier, Epi C1, Print

Blandine Galtier

Epi C1, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Wenbo Chen, Vitamin Z, Print

Wenbo Chen

Vitamin Z, 2000
41.3 x 29.5 inch


Sonia Delaunay, Juste présent, planche n°8, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Juste présent, planche n°8, 1961
15 x 11 inch


Hans Hartung, L1977-4, Print

Hans Hartung

L1977-4, 1977
20.5 x 15.7 inch


Ardif, Heron Mechanimal (blue moon), Print


Heron Mechanimal (blue moon), 2020
25.6 x 25.6 inch


Corneille, Plat, Print


Plat, 1999
22.4 x 22.8 inch


Nick Walker, Getting Uppers, Print

Nick Walker

Getting Uppers, 2021
22.8 x 22.8 inch


Mathilde Oscar, Madone en prière II, Print

Mathilde Oscar

Madone en prière II, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

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Angela Morris-Winmill, View of Canary Wharf through Old Royal Naval College, I, Print

Angela Morris-Winmill

View of Canary Wharf through Old Royal Naval College, I, 2021
29.5 x 39 x 0.8 inch


Angu Walters, The Kora Player I, Print

Angu Walters

The Kora Player I, 2013
35.4 x 29.5 x 0 inch


Julien Soone, Red mask, Print

Julien Soone

Red mask, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch


Roland Topor, Ciel ouvert, Print

Roland Topor

Ciel ouvert, 1970
25.6 x 18.9 x 0 inch

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Alexander Calder, Black lines, Print

Alexander Calder

Black lines, 1975
22 x 30 inch


Roger Mühl, Provence numéro 1, Print

Roger Mühl

Provence numéro 1, 1986
16.5 x 12.6 x 0.1 inch


Rafal Olbinski, Always together, Print

Rafal Olbinski

Always together, 2020
9.4 x 7.1 inch


Georges Braque, Descente aux enfers, Print

Georges Braque

Descente aux enfers, 1961
13.8 x 9.8 inch


Romero Britto, Wild Life, Print

Romero Britto

Wild Life, 2020
13.8 x 11 x 0.8 inch


Pez, 20 Years Smiling With Friends, Print


20 Years Smiling With Friends, 2020
31.9 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Studio Abawé, Untitled, Print

Studio Abawé

Untitled, 2019
16.5 x 11.6 inch


Pure Evil, Marilyn Classic - Blue & Silver, Print

Pure Evil

Marilyn Classic - Blue & Silver, 2020
33.5 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Christophe Catelain, Pow, Print

Christophe Catelain

Pow, 2020
13.8 x 16.9 x 0.7 inch


Baptiste Laurent, caballo serigraphie, Print

Baptiste Laurent

caballo serigraphie, 2021
25.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Mark Kostabi, Oedipus, Print

Mark Kostabi

Oedipus, 1989
15.5 x 11.25 inch


Futura 2000, The Four Elements - Red Print, Print

Futura 2000

The Four Elements - Red Print, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 inch


Tony Soulié, Circus II, Print

Tony Soulié

Circus II, 2010
29.1 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch


Roxane Borujerdi, Sans titre, Print

Roxane Borujerdi

Sans titre, 2012
12.6 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch


Alain Vaissière, Funky Leopard, Print

Alain Vaissière

Funky Leopard, 2021
45.3 x 45.3 x 0.4 inch


Ben Eine, I am so happy very very happy, Print

Ben Eine

I am so happy very very happy, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Ryca, Acid Dogs, Print


Acid Dogs, 2020
13.4 x 17.3 x 0.4 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


Josep Guinovart, Mare Nostrum 14, Print

Josep Guinovart

Mare Nostrum 14, 1985
21.3 x 14.2 x 0 inch


Corrina Cooper, Vase No.2, Print

Corrina Cooper

Vase No.2, 2021
23.6 x 6.7 x 0 inch


Hervé  Perdriel, L'aquarium, Print

Hervé Perdriel

L'aquarium, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


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