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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), Attack In Black, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Attack In Black, 2011
10.8 x 10.8 inch
Print

$486

Takashi Murakami, Me and double-dob, Print

Takashi Murakami

Me and double-dob, 2009
28 x 28 x 0.4 inch
Print

$4,376

Robert Combas, Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, Print

Robert Combas

Georges Brassens et ses meilleurs succès. TROMPETTE ! Jeanne la cane embrasse le poilu et la vache Clotilde se déguise en fleur, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,674

Man Ray, Double Face, Print

Man Ray

Double Face, 1971
27.6 x 20.1 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,702

Invader, Invasion Map Paris, Print

Invader

Invasion Map Paris, 2011
27 x 38.9 inch
Print

$10,939

Salvador Dali, Caballero, Print

Salvador Dali

Caballero, 1968
40 x 32 inch
Print

$12,000

Stoul, Oru MXIV, Print

Stoul

Oru MXIV, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$170

Greg Léon Guillemin, The Secret Life Of Heros - Wonder Woman, Print

Greg Léon Guillemin

The Secret Life Of Heros - Wonder Woman, 2021
31.9 x 8.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$352

Momies, Modules, Print

Momies

Modules, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$194

Shu Takahashi, Morning star, Print

Shu Takahashi

Morning star, 1970
24.4 x 18.5 x 0 inch
Print

$486

Julio Le Parc, Optical n.4, Print

Julio Le Parc

Optical n.4, 1976
13.4 x 9.6 x 0 inch
Print

$1,337

Pichi & Avo, Young Bacchus Lefkos, Print

Pichi & Avo

Young Bacchus Lefkos, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$1,690

David Shrigley, To Hell With Zoos, Print

David Shrigley

To Hell With Zoos, 2021
29.9 x 21.7 inch
Print

$7,813

Richard Orlinski, Raw ! Green, Print

Richard Orlinski

Raw ! Green, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$596

Barthélémy Toguo, Bénoué V, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Bénoué V, 2020
22.4 x 21.5 inch
Print

$2,188

Stéphan Art, Jazzy, Print

Stéphan Art

Jazzy, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Print

$1,070

JonOne, Cactus, Print

JonOne

Cactus, 2018
9.4 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,155

Joëlle Acoulon, Sans titre, 1/6/2021, Print

Joëlle Acoulon

Sans titre, 1/6/2021, 2021
29.5 x 25.2 inch
Print

$820

Kamen Startchev, Spreading the moonlight, Print

Kamen Startchev

Spreading the moonlight, 2015
31.5 x 51.2 inch
Print

$1,337

Ivan Rabuzin, Field of Flowers, Print

Ivan Rabuzin

Field of Flowers, 1990
23.4 x 19.5 x 0 inch
Print

$243

C215, Felix (Pink), Print

C215

Felix (Pink), 2019
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$729

Blek Le Rat, Rope Pulling (Yellow), Print

Blek Le Rat

Rope Pulling (Yellow), 2021
22 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,060

Mr. Brainwash, Charlie (Chaplin), Print

Mr. Brainwash

Charlie (Chaplin), 2015
30 x 22.3 inch
Print

$3,500

Clara Castagné, Le monde, Print

Clara Castagné

Le monde, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$134

Miss Tic, A Chercher L’impossible On Trouve Des Merveilles, Print

Miss Tic

A Chercher L’impossible On Trouve Des Merveilles, 2021
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Print

$352

Giulio Turcato, Composition in Red, Print

Giulio Turcato

Composition in Red, 1970
19.7 x 27.4 x 0 inch
Print

$462

Sandra Chevrier, La Cage Et La Trace Du Crayon (Large), Print

Sandra Chevrier

La Cage Et La Trace Du Crayon (Large), 2019
28.9 x 23.6 inch
Print

$2,850

Kokimoto, Global Worming, Print

Kokimoto

Global Worming, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$115

Zhana Mitkova, Favourite Place, Print

Zhana Mitkova

Favourite Place, 2021
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$115

Leo Guida, The King's Nightingale, Print

Leo Guida

The King's Nightingale, 1995
27.6 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Print

$790

Hsiao Chin, Abstract Composition, Print

Hsiao Chin

Abstract Composition, 1977
19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$462

Alberto Magnelli, Abstract Composition, Print

Alberto Magnelli

Abstract Composition, 1960
16.1 x 22.8 x 0 inch
Print

$1,337

Graham Sutherland, Untitled, Print

Graham Sutherland

Untitled, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$1,033

Tomek Jarolim, Venise, Print

Tomek Jarolim

Venise, 2021
7.9 x 12.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,459

Pietro Morando, Piper, Print

Pietro Morando

Piper, 1960
19.1 x 13.4 x 0 inch
Print

$304

Pablo Picasso, Exposition Vallauris (1964), Print

Pablo Picasso

Exposition Vallauris (1964), 1964
25 x 21 inch
Print

$15,000

Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad, We Are Happy Together, Print

Nadezhda Georgieva-Nad

We Are Happy Together, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$115

Aleksandra Georgieva, Keep nature cool!, Print

Aleksandra Georgieva

Keep nature cool!, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$115

Yaacov Agam, In Deep Prayer, Print

Yaacov Agam

In Deep Prayer, 1991
17 x 17 inch
Print

$3,500

RNST, Il était une fois le monde d’après, Print

RNST

Il était une fois le monde d’après, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$486

Gerardo Dottori, Composition, Print

Gerardo Dottori

Composition, 1970
25.2 x 18.5 x 0 inch
Print

$583

Nick Walker, Vandal Child Negative (Anarchy), Print

Nick Walker

Vandal Child Negative (Anarchy), 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Print

$3,039

Julien Durix, Young friends #2, Print

Julien Durix

Young friends #2, 2020
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$547

Felipe Pantone, Integration System P#01, Print

Felipe Pantone

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

$2,431

Teodor Genov – Pastedko, Oops-A-Daisy, Print

Teodor Genov – Pastedko

Oops-A-Daisy, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$115

Philippe Achermann, Coco Chanel, Print

Philippe Achermann

Coco Chanel, 2021
9.4 x 7.1 inch
Print

$49

Alina Papazova, Salad Days, Print

Alina Papazova

Salad Days, 2021
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$115

Georgi Vassilev, Anatomy of Nature, Print

Georgi Vassilev

Anatomy of Nature, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$115

M.Chat, Lent vol édition, Print

M.Chat

Lent vol édition, 2020
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$729

Rosie Eisor, Bat Godess, Print

Rosie Eisor

Bat Godess, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$115

Deyan Yanev, Trap Nature, Print

Deyan Yanev

Trap Nature, 2021
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$115

Add Fuel, Pattern Overkill, Print

Add Fuel

Pattern Overkill, 2019
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$717

Albena Vatcheva, Two, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Two, 2021
8.3 x 5.9 x 0 inch
Print

$36

Jacques Villeglé, Hobo, Print

Jacques Villeglé

Hobo, 2017
20.7 x 25.2 inch
Print

$425

François Schuiten, Revoir Paris, Print

François Schuiten

Revoir Paris, 2015
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Print

$608

Arman, Violon déstructuré, Print

Arman

Violon déstructuré, 1928
25.6 x 17.9 inch
Print

$729

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Automobile, Print

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wrapped Automobile, 2015
17 x 21 inch
Print

$8,500

Vhils, Taciturn, Print

Vhils

Taciturn, 2018
27.25 x 19.25 inch
Print

$2,450

André Saraiva, Mr. A & Miss A (Uncut Love Edition), Print

André Saraiva

Mr. A & Miss A (Uncut Love Edition), 2020
39 x 27 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,702

Valerio Adami, Rohces Brunes. Musicales, Print

Valerio Adami

Rohces Brunes. Musicales, 2020
21.7 x 12.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$717

Tim Marsh, Funktime, Print

Tim Marsh

Funktime, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Print

$875

Okuda, Living in 2 worlds at once, Print

Okuda

Living in 2 worlds at once, 2021
23.4 x 29.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$851

Muriel Deumie, You Talk Nothing, Print

Muriel Deumie

You Talk Nothing, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$438 $486

Vladimir Velickovic, Grünewald, Print

Vladimir Velickovic

Grünewald, 2014
18.1 x 25.6 inch
Print

$608

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