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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), Lotus Diamond Gold, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Lotus Diamond Gold, 2011
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$1,627

Scott Kahn, March Moon, Print

Scott Kahn

March Moon, 2020
24 x 21.13 inch
Print

$2,250

Atsuko Ishii, There's Melody, Print

Atsuko Ishii

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

$120

Salvador Dali, Don Quichotte - L'âge d'or, Print

Salvador Dali

Don Quichotte - L'âge d'or, 1957
16.1 x 26 x 0.1 inch
Print

$12,290

Alexander Calder, La Fleur (The Flower), Print

Alexander Calder

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

$15,500

Peter Klasen, 20E, Print

Peter Klasen

20E, 1999
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$843

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
Print

$5,641

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana, Print

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana, 1971
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$5,783

L'Atlas, Days Dreaming, Print

L'Atlas

Days Dreaming, 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$422

Daru, World is crazy, Print

Daru

World is crazy, 2021
39.4 x 24 x 0 inch
Print

$180

Valérie Betoulaud, Aviron - bleu vert, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

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

$554

Jean-Paul Agosti, Loire, Print

Jean-Paul Agosti

Loire, 2002
35.4 x 17.9 inch
Print

$361

Jeff Gillette, Castle Ruins, Print

Jeff Gillette

Castle Ruins, 2021
24 x 34 inch
Print

$1,627 $1,807

Agnieszka Lech-Binczycka, Onna, Print

Agnieszka Lech-Binczycka

Onna, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

Sold

Grzegorz Lerka, Meet, Print

Grzegorz Lerka

Meet, 2019
15 x 20.1 inch
Print

$482

Onemizer, L'histoire du ballon, Print

Onemizer

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

$783

Pierre Alechinsky, Labyrinthe d'apparat IV, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Labyrinthe d'apparat IV, 1972
29.5 x 21.3 inch
Print

$1,928

Hervé Di Rosa, En traversant le pont, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

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

$1,181

Marc Sinic, Autoportrait au pack - série monde imaginaire, Print

Marc Sinic

Autoportrait au pack - série monde imaginaire, 2021
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.6 inch
Print

$482

René Magritte, L'art de la conversation, Print

René Magritte

L'art de la conversation, 1969
17.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Print

$904

Marianna Stuhr, Circular groups 2, Print

Marianna Stuhr

Circular groups 2, 2020
11.8 x 17.3 inch
Print

$663

Czeslaw Tumielewicz, A furniture with drawer, Print

Czeslaw Tumielewicz

A furniture with drawer, 2004
8.1 x 5.9 inch
Print

$301

Aloyzas Smilingis, Flood, Print

Aloyzas Smilingis

Flood, 1993
47.2 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,325

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
Print

$723

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk, My labyrinths, Print

Malgorzata Jenta-Dmitruk

My labyrinths, 2009
6.5 x 9.6 inch
Print

$241

Shiko Munakata, Femme 6, Print

Shiko Munakata

Femme 6, 2007
10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,301 $1,446

JonOne, Kid's World, Print

JonOne

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

$1,506

Claude Viallat, L'huma, Print

Claude Viallat

L'huma, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$602

Ola Dobrzynska, Girl power, Print

Ola Dobrzynska

Girl power, 2016
9.4 x 6.7 inch
Print

$145

Diederik Van Apple, Porsche express, Print

Diederik Van Apple

Porsche express, 2020
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch
Print

$5,964

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

JR

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

$1,928

Karol Kállay, Last stop, Print

Karol Kállay

Last stop, 1965
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Print

$1,157 $1,446

Dran, DJ Monkey, Print

Dran

DJ Monkey, 2018
12.6 x 17.7 inch
Print

$2,319

Luciano Cian, Tête #1, Print

Luciano Cian

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

$730

Jazzu, OUF!, Print

Jazzu

OUF!, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$482

Albena Vatcheva, Souvenirs d'enfance, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Souvenirs d'enfance, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$65 $71

Gottfried Salzmann, New York 3D, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

New York 3D, 2016
24 x 15 inch
Print

$349

Daniel Arsham, Remowa & Daniel Arsham, Print

Daniel Arsham

Remowa & Daniel Arsham, 2019
8.7 x 11.4 x 3.5 inch
Print

$6,024

Jean Miotte, Rêve, c., Print

Jean Miotte

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

$723

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

$629 $699

Keymi, Et ce fût son dernier cadeau, Print

Keymi

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

$361

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Agpa portfolios: Latin American graphic at the end of the 20th century. Chromo-Interference from AGPA 78: PanAmerican Graphic Arts (AGPA 78): Artes Gráficas Panamericanas, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Agpa portfolios: Latin American graphic at the end of the 20th century. Chromo-Interference from AGPA 78: PanAmerican Graphic Arts (AGPA 78): Artes Gráficas Panamericanas, 1978
16.9 x 16.9 x 2.8 inch
Print

$3,500

Stoul, Oru Buffle, Print

Stoul

Oru Buffle, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Print

$663

Robert Indiana, Votes for Woman, Print

Robert Indiana

Votes for Woman, 1977
23.2 x 15.4 inch
Print

$2,199

Tattoo Art M, Aretha Franklin, Print

Tattoo Art M

Aretha Franklin, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$542

Vitaliy Lishko, Portrait, Print

Vitaliy Lishko

Portrait, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$181

Felipe Pantone, Integration System #1, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System #1, 2020
25.2 x 25.2 inch
Print

$1,807

Craig Alan, Godess, Print

Craig Alan

Godess, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,711

Ben Frost, Happy helmet, Print

Ben Frost

Happy helmet, 2021
3 x 3 inch
Print

$1,405

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Page 8, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Page 8, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$386

Angelo Pioppo, Metamorphosis, Print

Angelo Pioppo

Metamorphosis, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$422

Roamcouch, Four Seasons (Gold), Print

Roamcouch

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

$723

Sonia Delaunay, Sans Titre, Print

Sonia Delaunay

Sans Titre, 1962
28 x 19.7 inch
Print

$3,374

Robert Crumb, Weirdo-Number 4, Print

Robert Crumb

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

$422

Goddog, Or, Noir, Print

Goddog

Or, Noir, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$723

Hush, Halo (Grey), Print

Hush

Halo (Grey), 2016
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$2,651

Hildegarde Handsaeme, Dance with me, Print

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Dance with me, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Print

$602

Tim Marsh, Funktime, Print

Tim Marsh

Funktime, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Print

$867

Zao Wou-Ki, Champs abandonnés, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Champs abandonnés, 1954
19.8 x 26 x 0.1 inch
Print

$7,229

Hans Hartung, G7, Print

Hans Hartung

G7, 1953
26 x 19.9 inch
Print

$3,374

Lady K, Green and purple, Print

Lady K

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

$1,301

Hikari Shimoda, Lonely Prince, Print

Hikari Shimoda

Lonely Prince, 2021
22 x 18 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,083

Éric Lacan, Autoportrait, Print

Éric Lacan

Autoportrait, 2021
30.1 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Print

$422

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

$7,053

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