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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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Takashi Murakami, The Nether World, Print

Takashi Murakami

The Nether World, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 inch


Shepard Fairey (Obey), Unyielding, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Unyielding, 2020
36 x 36 inch


Robert Combas, Le rhino, Print

Robert Combas

Le rhino, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Shelby, Steve McQueen, Print


Steve McQueen, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch

$894 $993

Pierre Alechinsky, Si près, Print

Pierre Alechinsky

Si près, 2007
7.7 x 5.3 inch


Philippe Geluck, Les 20 statues, Print

Philippe Geluck

Les 20 statues, 2021
27.6 x 22 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, Robot à la plage, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Robot à la plage, 1998
10.4 x 15 inch


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

André Saraiva

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


Valérie Betoulaud, Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Salutation au soleil - rose jaune, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Shaka, Trame, Print


Trame, 2020
27.2 x 19.3 inch


Alexandre Monteiro (Hopare), Marianne, Print

Alexandre Monteiro (Hopare)

Marianne, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 inch

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Yaniv Edery, Rolex Bart, Print

Yaniv Edery

Rolex Bart, 2021
31.9 x 24 x 1.4 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


Nathalie Grall, Frondaison, Print

Nathalie Grall

Frondaison, 2020
13.2 x 11.3 inch


Mr. Brainwash, Harley Quinn, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Harley Quinn, 2016
29.9 x 22.4 inch


Blek Le Rat, Computer Man, Print

Blek Le Rat

Computer Man, 2008
29.1 x 28.3 x 0.4 inch


JR, The Wrinkles of the city, La Havana, Antonio Cruz Gordillo, Print


The Wrinkles of the city, La Havana, Antonio Cruz Gordillo, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Marcel Ceuppens, La Colombe, Print

Marcel Ceuppens

La Colombe, 2020
13 x 18.9 inch


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

Joëlle Acoulon

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


Arman, Jaw, Print


Jaw, 1977
22 x 16.9 inch


Mr Cenz, IN MY SYSTEM, Print

Mr Cenz

15.7 x 23.6 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


Christiane Vleugels, Faith 60/100, Print

Christiane Vleugels

Faith 60/100, 2020
55.1 x 38.6 inch


Nick Walker, The Art Thief, Print

Nick Walker

The Art Thief, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 inch


Blandine Galtier, Epi C1, Print

Blandine Galtier

Epi C1, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch


Jacques Villeglé, Les Ironistes, Print

Jacques Villeglé

Les Ironistes, 2018
22 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch


Sol del Rio, Play 01, Print

Sol del Rio

Play 01, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Monika Nowak, FRIDA KABOOM, Print

Monika Nowak

59.1 x 39.4 x 1.4 inch


Hans Hartung, L1977-4, Print

Hans Hartung

L1977-4, 1977
20.5 x 15.7 inch


Felipe Pantone, Integration System P#01, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System P#01, 2020
25.2 x 25.2 x 0 inch


Angu Walters, The Kora Player I, Print

Angu Walters

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


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


Alexander Calder, Black lines, Print

Alexander Calder

Black lines, 1975
22 x 30 inch


Mathilde Oscar, Madone en prière II, Print

Mathilde Oscar

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

$318 $397

Ardif, Heron Mechanimal (blue moon), Print


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


Roland Topor, Ciel ouvert, Print

Roland Topor

Ciel ouvert, 1970
25.6 x 18.9 x 0 inch


Roger Mühl, Le Pin, Print

Roger Mühl

Le Pin, 1980
16.1 x 15 inch


Martin Whatson, Less Is More, Print

Martin Whatson

Less Is More, 2014
22 x 30 inch


Julien Soone, Blue Koi Fish, Print

Julien Soone

Blue Koi Fish, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch


Studio Abawé, Untitled, Print

Studio Abawé

Untitled, 2019
16.5 x 11.6 inch


Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction Chromatique, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction Chromatique, 1973
13.4 x 13.4 x 0.1 inch


Robert Indiana, Tikvah, Print

Robert Indiana

Tikvah, 2011
32 x 30 inch


Romero Britto, Wild Life, Print

Romero Britto

Wild Life, 2020
13.8 x 11 x 0.8 inch


Baptiste Laurent, caballo serigraphie, Print

Baptiste Laurent

caballo serigraphie, 2021
25.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Pure Evil, Marilyn Classic - Blue & Silver, Print

Pure Evil

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


Kaï Aspire, The Thinker, Print

Kaï Aspire

The Thinker, 2021
27.5 x 27.5 inch


Tony Soulié, Circus II, Print

Tony Soulié

Circus II, 2010
29.1 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch


Zao Wou-Ki, Sans Titre, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Sans Titre, 1967
22 x 29.5 inch


Mark Kostabi, Body by Jake, Print

Mark Kostabi

Body by Jake, 1989
21.25 x 15 inch


Alain Vaissière, Blue note, Print

Alain Vaissière

Blue note, 2021
45.3 x 45.3 x 0.4 inch


Pez, Street Party Mono Silver Glitter, Print


Street Party Mono Silver Glitter, 2018
21.7 x 29.5 inch


Roxane Borujerdi, Sans titre, Print

Roxane Borujerdi

Sans titre, 2012
12.6 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch


Ryca, Acid Dogs, Print


Acid Dogs, 2020
13.4 x 17.3 x 0.4 inch


Ron English, Ron English X Dgk skateboards series, Print

Ron English

Ron English X Dgk skateboards series, 2019
8 x 70.9 x 1.2 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, Chicago, Print

Josep Guinovart

Chicago, 1978
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch


Corrina Cooper, Vase No.2, Print

Corrina Cooper

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


Agent X, Nkosazana 67, Print

Agent X

Nkosazana 67, 2021
29.9 x 23.2 inch


Alexandre Granger, "American dream...", Print

Alexandre Granger

"American dream...", 2021
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch


Soklak Elgato, Encrypted alien data, Print

Soklak Elgato

Encrypted alien data, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch


Pejac, Love Letter, Print


Love Letter, 2018
6.3 x 10.2 x 0 inch


M.Chat, Affichage de Paris édition, Print


Affichage de Paris édition, 2020
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Anthea Missy, Le Bal masqué en rouge et noir, Print

Anthea Missy

Le Bal masqué en rouge et noir, 2021
23.4 x 16.5 inch


Lars Tunebo, Bag Lady, Print

Lars Tunebo

Bag Lady, 2021
25.6 x 15.4 inch


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