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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
Print

$897

Takashi Murakami, An Homage to IKB 1957 B, Print

Takashi Murakami

An Homage to IKB 1957 B, 2012
28.9 x 20.9 inch
Print

$3,832

Scott Kahn, March Moon, Print

Scott Kahn

March Moon, 2020
24 x 21.13 inch
Print

$2,250

Cope2, 46th Street Station, Print

Cope2

46th Street Station, 2020
18 x 27 inch
Print

$467

François Schuiten, La Type 12 - Paris-Bruxelles, Print

François Schuiten

La Type 12 - Paris-Bruxelles, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$120

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.9 x 14.6 inch
Print

$1,185 $1,316

Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

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

$15,500

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana, 1971
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$5,743

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
Print

$574

L'Atlas, Days Dreaming, Print

L'Atlas

Days Dreaming, 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$419

Daru, New Stars, Print

Daru

New Stars, 2021
39.4 x 24 x 0 inch
Print

$178

Claude Weisbuch, L'épave, Print

Claude Weisbuch

L'épave, 1955
18.9 x 25.2 inch
Print

$419

Jef Aérosol, Amy Winehouse, Print

Jef Aérosol

Amy Winehouse, 2016
18.9 x 13 inch
Print

$1,705

Mr. Brainwash, My first concert, Print

Mr. Brainwash

My first concert, 2010
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$2,393

Mark Kostabi, Heart Share, Print

Mark Kostabi

Heart Share, 1993
15.75 x 12.5 inch
Print

$525

Ai Weiwei, History Of Bombs, Print

Ai Weiwei

History Of Bombs, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$2,780

FAILE, Fantasie, Print

FAILE

Fantasie, 2020
29.9 x 24 inch
Print

$598

Mason Storm, UFO. No, You F O, Print

Mason Storm

UFO. No, You F O, 2020
22 x 31.5 inch
Print

$2,393

Onemizer, L'histoire du ballon, Print

Onemizer

L'histoire du ballon, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$748

Aiko, Bunny Love (Mint), Print

Aiko

Bunny Love (Mint), 2021
27 x 21 inch
Print

$1,436

Jean-Paul Agosti, Loire, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Loire, 2002
35.4 x 17.9 inch
Print

$359

Salvador Dali, Bestiaire de La Fontaine Dalinisé, Print

Salvador Dali

Bestiaire de La Fontaine Dalinisé, 1974
17.1 x 23.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$4,547

Pierre Alechinsky, Dotremont dans son village, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

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

$2,154

Aloyzas Smilingis, Flood, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Flood, 1993
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,316

Hervé Di Rosa, No hay billetes, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

No hay billetes, 2014
20.5 x 20.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$742

René Magritte, La Valse Hésitation, Print

René Magritte

La Valse Hésitation, 2010
17.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Print

$897

Pawel Zablocki, Horse from Casa Lorna, Print

Pawel Zablocki

Horse from Casa Lorna, 2007
5.9 x 8.3 inch
Print

$251

Sarah B., Zayana, Print

Sarah B.

Zayana, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$3,111

Patrick Chevailler, #460 Coney Grouper, Print

Patrick Chevailler

#460 Coney Grouper, 2010
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch
Print

$479

Play Play, Cruel Summer, Print

Play Play

Cruel Summer, 2021
25.6 x 25.6 inch
Print

$1,017

Blandine Galtier, Titre : L, Print

Blandine Galtier

Titre : L, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$933

Czeslaw Tumielewicz, A furniture with drawer, Print

Czeslaw Tumielewicz

A furniture with drawer, 2004
8.1 x 5.9 inch
Print

$299

Joan Miró, Chien Bleu, Print

Joan Miró

Chien Bleu, 1959
32.7 x 24.4 inch
Print

$8,376

Krzysztof Wieczorek, Tenth postcard from a journey, Print

Krzysztof Wieczorek

Tenth postcard from a journey, 2010
4.7 x 5.1 inch
Print

$144

Atsuko Ishii, The innocence of wonder, Print

Atsuko Ishii

The innocence of wonder, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$239

Albena Vatcheva, La danseuse aux colombes, Print

Albena Vatcheva

La danseuse aux colombes, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$114 $126

Marc Chagall, Pantomime, Print

Marc Chagall

Pantomime, 1972
25.6 x 19.3 inch
Print

$8,974

Romero Britto, Wild Life, Print

Romero Britto

Wild Life, 2020
13.8 x 11 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,496

Ola Dobrzynska, Girl power, Print

Ola Dobrzynska

Girl power, 2016
9.4 x 6.7 inch
Print

$144

Amy Nelder, Wordplay, Print

Amy Nelder

Wordplay, 2011
30 x 40 inch
Print

$1,800

Jean Miotte, Rêve, c., Print

Jean Miotte

Rêve, c., 1990
17.7 x 22.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$718

Luciano Cian, Tête #1, Print

Luciano Cian

Tête #1, 2021
41.7 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$730

Pierre Riollet, Seaview, Print

Pierre Riollet

Seaview, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$359

Tattoo Art M, Majestic Queen Elisabeth II, Print

Tattoo Art M

Majestic Queen Elisabeth II, 2010
31.5 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$538

Keymi, Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, Print

Keymi

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

$359

Dran, Sunset, Print

Dran

Sunset, 2015
14.8 x 10.8 inch
Print

$3,476

Kumi Sugaï, Quatre flèches, Print

Kumi Sugaï

Quatre flèches, 1990
29.9 x 25.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$538

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
Print

$694

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Page 8, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Page 8, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$383

Karel Appel, Regard vers l'infini, Print

Karel Appel

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

$2,154

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

Carlos Cruz-Diez

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

$4,500

Enki Bilal, Rendez-vous à Paris Killing Time, Print

Enki Bilal

Rendez-vous à Paris Killing Time, 2006
8.3 x 13.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$610

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
Print

$347

Angelo Pioppo, Metamorphosis, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Metamorphosis, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$419

Fernand Léger, Les constructeurs, Print

Fernand Léger

Les constructeurs, 1955
19.7 x 24.8 inch
Print

$4,188

Felipe Pantone, Integration System #1, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System #1, 2020
25.2 x 25.2 inch
Print

$1,795

Julian Opie, Black Headed Gull, Print

Julian Opie

Black Headed Gull, 2021
12.1 x 16 x 1.6 inch
Print

$10,171

Ben Frost, Happy helmet, Print

Ben Frost

Happy helmet, 2021
3 x 3 inch
Print

$1,386

Hyo Myoung Kim, Spectrum colors arranged by chance VI - Fingered, Print

Hyo Myoung Kim

Spectrum colors arranged by chance VI - Fingered, 2012
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Print

$8,360

Roamcouch, Four Seasons (Gold), Print

Roamcouch

Four Seasons (Gold), 2021
15 x 35.8 inch
Print

$718

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

Tracey Emin

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

$6,960

Hans Hartung, G7, Print

Hans Hartung

G7, 1953
26 x 19.9 inch
Print

$3,350

Le Corbusier, Unité. Planche 14, Print

Le Corbusier

Unité. Planche 14, 1965
22.4 x 17.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$4,667

Lady K, Green and purple, Print

Lady K

Green and purple, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,163 $1,292

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