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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), Chinese Soldiers, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Chinese Soldiers, 2006
24 x 18.1 inch


M.Chat, Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°17, Print


Coffret de luxe - PARISEOUL - n°17, 2019
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch




RESIST, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


André Saraiva, Ménage à Trois ou Quatre 4, Print

André Saraiva

Ménage à Trois ou Quatre 4, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Valerio Adami, Lire, Print

Valerio Adami

Lire, 2009
9.1 x 5.5 inch


Corneille, Le seigneur de la savane, Print


Le seigneur de la savane, 1997
18.9 x 14.2 inch


Hom Nguyen, Human, Print

Hom Nguyen

Human, 2020
48 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Takashi Murakami, Homage to IKB 1957 E Yellow, Print

Takashi Murakami

Homage to IKB 1957 E Yellow, 2020
27.2 x 20.9 inch


Salvador Dali, Fruits Strawberries, Print

Salvador Dali

Fruits Strawberries, 1970
22 x 15 inch


Paxal, Le baiser remix / Tribute to Klimt, Print


Le baiser remix / Tribute to Klimt, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Gavin Mitchell, Skatepark I (Small Format), Print

Gavin Mitchell

Skatepark I (Small Format), 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch

$398 $443

Vincent Sabatier, Campbell, Print

Vincent Sabatier

Campbell, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Mr. Brainwash, Ali American Hero, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Ali American Hero, 2019
55 x 43 inch


Bisco Smith, As Above So Below, Print

Bisco Smith

As Above So Below, 2019
29.9 x 22.4 inch


Taki 183, I Heart NY: Red Edition, Print

Taki 183

I Heart NY: Red Edition, 2021
20.1 x 20.1 inch


La Robotte, Oeuvre à porter n°01 - Janvier - L'attente, Print

La Robotte

Oeuvre à porter n°01 - Janvier - L'attente, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch


Neno Ramos, Bal masqué 2020, Print

Neno Ramos

Bal masqué 2020, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 11/4/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 11/4/2021, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 inch


Joan Miró, Album 13: Plate 1, Print

Joan Miró

Album 13: Plate 1, 1948
13 x 16.25 inch


Bruno Boffa, Barbie Gold, Print

Bruno Boffa

Barbie Gold, 2020
31.1 x 25.6 x 1.6 inch


Pierre Alechinsky, Galactic Flying Objects, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Galactic Flying Objects, 1978
25.5 x 18.5 inch


Léon Spilliaert, Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, Print

Léon Spilliaert

Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, 2021
23.2 x 28.3 inch


Cryptik, Rumi, Print


Rumi, 2021
29.9 x 22 inch


Emily Berger, Rubato #10, Print

Emily Berger

Rubato #10, 2019
25.7 x 19.8 inch


Victor Vasarely, Laika, Print

Victor Vasarely

Laika, 1970
21.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch


JonOne, Kids World, Print


Kids World, 2021
24 x 18.1 x 0.4 inch


Sandra Chevrier, La Cage et le Pouvoir des Dieux, Print

Sandra Chevrier

La Cage et le Pouvoir des Dieux, 2017
30.7 x 24 inch


Marianne Ratier, Lapin, Print

Marianne Ratier

Lapin, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch


David Ferreira, Prise de tête, Print

David Ferreira

Prise de tête, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch

$683 $759

César Andrade, Linigrama 205, Print

César Andrade

Linigrama 205, 1986
20.5 x 16.5 inch


Jean Cocteau, Double Face, Print

Jean Cocteau

Double Face, 1960
22 x 30 inch


Marc Chagall, Cantique de David, Print

Marc Chagall

Cantique de David, 1960
28 x 25 inch


Albena Vatcheva, Georges et la dragonne, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Georges et la dragonne, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch


John Matos Crash, X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), Print

John Matos Crash

X-Men Suite: Wolverine; Storm; Magento; Cyclops (Four Artworks), 2000
24 x 18 inch


Stefanie Schneider, Stefanie Schneider's Coupe Plate 'Haley and the Birds', Print

Stefanie Schneider

Stefanie Schneider's Coupe Plate 'Haley and the Birds', 2021
10.5 x 10.5 x 0.4 inch


Max Ernst, Lieux Commun - Portfolio, Print

Max Ernst

Lieux Commun - Portfolio, 1971
20.5 x 14.6 x 0.8 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, Canton de Montpellier 3, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Canton de Montpellier 3, 1995
21.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Hans Hartung, L 162, Print

Hans Hartung

L 162, 1965
15.2 x 22.2 x 0 inch


Marta Zawadzka, Frida, Print

Marta Zawadzka

Frida, 2021
24 x 20.1 x 0 inch


Bernard Buffet, Un Clown, Print

Bernard Buffet

Un Clown, 1968
28.5 x 20 inch


Jean Arp, Soleil recerclé, Print

Jean Arp

Soleil recerclé, 1966
18.3 x 14.4 inch


Max Steven Grossman, Rock RG, Print

Max Steven Grossman

Rock RG, 2021
37 x 75 x 2 inch

10,000 - $ 15,000

Dran, La Patineuse, Print


La Patineuse, 2018
16.5 x 11.7 inch


Louis Toffoli, Le pont, Print

Louis Toffoli

Le pont, 1907
29.9 x 22 x 0.1 inch


Tattoo Art M, SL Sophia Loren MMXIII, Print

Tattoo Art M

SL Sophia Loren MMXIII, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch


Jean-Marie Gitard (Mr Strange), Sous la chair, Il y a des Os, Print

Jean-Marie Gitard (Mr Strange)

Sous la chair, Il y a des Os, 2020
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Romain Duris, Ring bouche, Print

Romain Duris

Ring bouche, 2017
9.4 x 12.6 inch


David Hockney, Lathe and Fire, Print

David Hockney

Lathe and Fire, 1969
6.3 x 6.7 inch


Richard Levine, Lucy Psychedelic, Print

Richard Levine

Lucy Psychedelic, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Antoni Tapies, Glissement, Print

Antoni Tapies

Glissement, 1981
31.5 x 47.6 inch


Sol LeWitt, A form driven from a rectangular solid (juventudes musicales portfolio), Print

Sol LeWitt

A form driven from a rectangular solid (juventudes musicales portfolio), 1992
29.5 x 21.7 x 0.1 inch

$9,106 $10,118

Pure Evil, Marilyn Classic (Pink), Print

Pure Evil

Marilyn Classic (Pink), 2021
33.5 x 27.6 inch


Françoise Pétrovitch, Petits dans un lit, Print

Françoise Pétrovitch

Petits dans un lit, 2011
18.3 x 24.4 x 0 inch


Mark Kostabi, Merger and Acquisitions, Print

Mark Kostabi

Merger and Acquisitions, 1988
39 x 27.5 x 0.3 inch


Seth, Pionnier, Print


Pionnier, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 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


Andy Warhol, Skateboard Marilyn (d'après Andy Warhol), Print

Andy Warhol

Skateboard Marilyn (d'après Andy Warhol), 2015
24.8 x 31.5 x 2.8 inch


FAILE, Visions Victoire, Print


Visions Victoire, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Charles Lapicque, Composition I, Print

Charles Lapicque

Composition I, 1962
25.2 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Plastic Jesus, Envy 2020, Print

Plastic Jesus

Envy 2020, 2020
24 x 18 inch


Alain Vaissière, Double Face, Print

Alain Vaissière

Double Face, 2021
45.3 x 45.3 x 0.4 inch


Nick Veasey, C17 Jeep surfer, Print

Nick Veasey

C17 Jeep surfer, 2021
21 x 42.5 x 2 inch

10,000 - $ 15,000

Dface, Romance, Print


Romance, 2020
29.1 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Finbarr DAC, Selenaia, Print

Finbarr DAC

Selenaia, 2019
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch


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